Revision Spine Surgery

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.

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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.

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Causes of failed spine surgery

There are numerous factors that can contribute to a failed back surgery. They may include:

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  • Formation of scar tissue at the surgical site

  • Surgical error causing damage at the site

  • Failure of the spine to properly fuse
  • Failure of a spinal implant or hardware
  • Recurrence of disc herniation

  • Referred pain/surgery was performed at a site that was not actually causing the pain

  • Unnecessary surgery or incorrect diagnosis

  • Patient’s medical condition makes a successful outcome less likely

  • Complications of spine surgery

When is revision surgery necessary?

Serious complications after an initial surgery may need immediate revision spinal surgery. Symptoms include new or worsening nerve problems like shooting pain, numbness, or muscle weakness, bladder or bowel dysfunction, increased spinal instability, spinal instrumentation that has broken or moved out of place or an infection in the spine.

If you don’t show signs of these more serious conditions? Do you still need surgery?

Ultimately, surgery depends on you and the advice of your doctor. As an informed patient, you want to explore every treatment option available and find what may work best for you.

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Common conservative approaches after a failed spinal surgery

Using an interdisciplinary approach may help best with this complex condition. Typically, a team addresses several aspects of your symptoms and recovery. These may include:

  • Pain management: Over-the-counter pain medications may be the first line of defense for treating pain. 
  • Physical and/or occupational therapy: Supervised exercise programs can improve core strength and range of motion. 
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy: This popular form of talk therapy can aid with the psychological effects of chronic pain and issues associated with long-term disability.

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Revision Spine Surgery

If your first procedure didn’t work, undergoing a second surgical procedure probably doesn’t sound exciting. 

Depending on what your revision spine surgery endeavors to achieve, the procedure can be either open or minimally invasive procedures. Advances in spine surgery tools and technology have paved the way for minimally invasive surgical techniques

If you are a candidate for a minimally invasive revision spine surgery, the procedure may be easier than you think. Those undergoing minimally invasive spine surgery experience less pain and quicker recovery times thanks to less damage to nearby tissues. Also, you can expect less scarring and reliance on pain medications during recovery.

Common scenarios in which revision spine surgery is used include:

  • Extending a previous spinal fusion to address degenerative changes

  • Adding extra surgical instrumentation to the spine to eliminate instability

  • Removing instrumentation or hardware that causes added pain or infection

  • Removing infected or scar tissue

  • Creating intentional spinal fractures to restore alignment or stop the progressive deformity

  • Relieving pinched nerves by removing tissue or bits of bone that cause compression

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Extensive Revision Spine Surgery at Nairobi Spine and Orthopaedic Centre

The decision to undergo another surgery isn’t easy. Why not work with a multidisciplinary team that will help you make an informed decision based on your personal goals?

At Nairobi Spine and Orthopaedic Centre, we believe that a team approach is best. And, of course, you are a crucial member of the team. 

Let us provide you with an accurate diagnosis and all the information you need to determine if revision spine surgery is right for you. Our approach in treating even the most complex spinal conditions is very conservative, fully utilizing all diagnostic options and exhausting all non-operative options before considering surgery.

Feel free to schedule a consultation to find out how we can help you or give us a call today.

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