Revision Spine Surgery refers to any surgical procedure that is used to correct a failed neck or back surgery. By failed, we mean that the original surgery did not produce the intended results.
Deciding to undergo spine surgery isn’t easy. You’ve probably dealt with pain and other difficult symptoms for a long time. You’ve felt frustrated when conservative treatments didn’t seem to help. You weighed the risks and rewards of spine surgery and finally chose to go through with it. Not every spine surgery is successful, however. In some cases, revision spine surgery may be necessary to address complications.
Just the thought of revision spine surgery can send you to a dark place. You put your faith in a surgeon’s care only to find that your symptoms remained or even worsened—a condition known as failed back surgery syndrome. And, now you’re challenged with the thought of undergoing another surgery because the first one didn’t work.
It’s disheartening. Exhausting. You just want relief. Will another surgery actually help?
Revision spine surgery can correct issues caused by failed back surgery or other spine procedures.
Why do some spine surgeries fail?
Some patients may choose back surgery—either knowingly or otherwise—even if it was never indicated to be a therapeutic option. This can be due to misdiagnosis, misinformation, or simply the patient putting too much faith in a procedure that may not actually work for his or her condition.
Additionally, a person’s behaviors and other medical conditions can contribute to a failed surgery.
For example, smokers have a higher risk of failed spine surgeries. This is because cigarette smoke is filled with toxic chemicals. Nicotine, for example, affects the body’s ability to heal bones. If a person undergoes a spinal fusion surgery and continues to smoke, the bones may not fuse properly.
Smoking isn’t the only reason for failed spinal surgeries. In fact, those with autoimmune disorders, peripheral artery disease, obesity, and diabetes may also have a higher risk of developing complications after surgery. In addition, a person’s psychosocial well-being also has a significant effect on treatment outcomes.