Revision Spine Surgery
Revision spine surgery is a secondary surgery that may be recommended to address complications associated with a previous spine surgery. Even with the best spine surgeon performing your procedure, complications can unexpectedly occur, or develop years following, and indicate a need for surgical correction. Revision spine surgery can correct issues related to a previous procedure and help you experience relief and healing.
Why Revision Spine Surgery?
Revision spine surgery may be necessary to correct any of the following complications associated with spine surgery:
- Failure to relieve symptoms
- Unsuccessful joint fusion (non unions)
- Excess scar tissue formation
- Improper diagnosis
- Surgery at the wrong site
- Adjacent segment disease (accelerated degeneration of adjacent discs)
- Implant failure
- Disc complications (such as dislocation or recurring herniations)
- Painful implants
You might be a candidate for revision spine surgery if you experience the following:
- Known complications associated with your previous surgery
- Continued chronic pain despite a previous surgery
- Worsening symptoms
- Signs of further spine degeneration (not associated with the previous procedure)
The details of your procedure can vary greatly depending on the type of revision that is needed. Revision spine surgeries may include:
- Laminectomy and Laminotomy
- Spinal fusion
As with any procedure, every patient’s condition and variables are unique. A thorough diagnosis and work up in clinic with Dr Pehler is critical to assess the need and indication for a revision procedure.