A revision spinal surgery occurs when a patient has already undergone some form of spine surgery. Typically, there is a three-month period of lingering pain after the initial surgery. However, when a patient reports persistent, recurrent, or new chronic pain, revision spine surgery may be recommended to help relieve the pain. Revision spinal surgery is usually performed on the cervical or lumbar spine areas. Patients may suffer from failed cervical disc replacement surgery in the cervical spine, whereas patients may suffer from failed fusion or pseudoarthrosis in the lumbar spine.
Deciding to undergo spine surgery isn’t easy. Before deciding on surgery, patients deal with a lot of pain and other difficult symptoms for a long time. Patients need to make informed decisions and weigh the risks and rewards of spine surgery before proceeding with the surgery. Unfortunately, not every spine surgery is successful. Understandably, the thought of having to undergo another surgery once again can be frustrating and disheartening for the patient. However, even with the best surgeons with the latest technological procedures, operating on the spine is a complex task that doesn’t have a 100% success rate.
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Many factors contribute to failed spine surgery, from errors in judgment to procedures that may not produce the desired outcomes. In some cases, it’s a surgical error. In others, it can be due to misdiagnosis, misinformation, patient behaviors, or other medical conditions that can contribute to a failed surgery. Some of the most common reasons for failed spinal surgery include:
While it can be disheartening to think about undergoing revision spine surgery, it’s sometimes the best option to help relieve pain. If you experience any following symptoms after spinal surgery, you should consult your spinal doctor:
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If you undergo revision spinal surgery, you can expect to go through an assessment and discuss your treatment options with a medical professional. Most doctors will recommend utilizing more conservative treatments, like medication and physical therapy, before suggesting spinal surgery.
The assessment process may involve physical exams, lab tests, imaging screenings, and other similar steps. If revision spinal surgery is deemed necessary, you may receive a referral to a surgeon who can perform the procedure for you. There are often only small incisions made in the affected area, meaning the recovery process is short, scarring is minimal, and pain can be reduced significantly. If you need additional assistance during recovery or to determine your treatment options, you can work with the team at NJ Spine & Orthopedic for help.
Recovery from a revision spinal surgery varies depending upon the procedure needed to correct the previous surgery. These procedures will likely require a hospital stay for a few days. Generally, any recovery from a revision spine procedure will take anywhere from six weeks to three months for a full recovery.
You may be eligible for this surgery if you have undergone a previous spinal procedure that did not adequately treat your symptoms. However, we recommend working with a medical provider before deciding to move forward with the procedure. Your medical practitioner can help you determine if this kind of treatment will treat your issues, discern if there are other problems that might need attention, and refer you to spinal specialists.
It can be extremely beneficial to undergo revision spinal surgery, especially if you want to reduce pain or reverse mistakes that other medical professionals have made during previous treatments. Many spinal surgeries are minimally invasive, so incisions are small, healing is fast, and scarring is minimal. This is also a great way to significantly reduce pain, discomfort, and the presence of other adverse symptoms.
There is very little risk of utilizing revision spinal surgery, as assessments are extremely accurate and tools are precise. This means that you are very likely to receive the appropriate treatment and adjacent areas of the body are unlikely to be affected by your procedure. It’s also extremely unlikely that your NJ Spine & Orthopedic practitioner will make surgical mistakes, including those that might lead to infection.
Living with chronic back pain can be debilitating, making it difficult to complete daily tasks. At NJ Spine & Orthopedic, we understand that everyone’s condition and pain are unique, which is why we combine advanced technology with a patient-centered approach to ensure our patients get the best possible outcomes.
Our medical team and expert spinal surgeons are dedicated to achieving the best results for every patient with the least invasive treatment possible, allowing you to return to your life as quickly as possible. Find pain relief at NJ Spine & Orthopedic. You can call (866) 272-9271 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.
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