Surgery is often a last-resort solution to fix an issue that cannot be fixed otherwise. While most surgeries go well and do not require additional procedures, sometimes a revision surgery is necessary. One example of this is revision spine surgery, which becomes necessary for several common reasons.
Recurring Disc Herniation
Recurring disc herniation happens when a previously fixed disc becomes herniated once again. When a herniated disc is fixed through surgery, there is still a slight chance that it can become herniated later on. In situations like these, a revision spine surgery may be necessary to resolve the issue.
This condition happens when there is a lack of bone fusion after a spinal fusion surgery, which is supposed to result in bone fusion. Bone fusion happens when multiple vertebrae in the spine do not permanently connect as intended. Pseudarthrosis is very common after a spinal fusion surgery and revision spinal surgery may be required to attempt bone fusion again.
Adjacent Segment Degeneration (ASD)
ASD can happen when the vertebrae above or below the vertebrae treated in the original surgery begins to degenerate. Sometimes, the vertebrae above and below the original surgery’s site become affected and need to be fixed in a revision surgery – even though they were not affected during the original surgery.
Revision spinal surgery can be necessary when an injury or accident causes the previous surgery’s results to be altered. For example, let’s say you have a spinal surgery to correct a herniated disc and the operation goes well. However, a few months later, you get into a serious accident that causes the disc to be herniated again. In situations like these, a revision spinal surgery may be required to correct the issue.
Implanted Hardware Issues
Artificial hardware is sometimes required in spinal surgery to correct issues that cannot be corrected using the body’s natural materials only. When an artificial hardware piece is put into the spine, it’s supposed to serve a purpose that the body cannot fulfill on its own. In most cases, the hardware does its job correctly and patients notice improvement.
Sometimes, however, the hardware can have issues. For example, the hardware can malfunction or break. This can cause previous symptoms to reappear, as well as new painful symptoms to occur. Additionally, some hardware can end up causing pain if it sits uncomfortably in the spine. If the patient cannot take the pain, a revision surgery may be required to take it out or put in a replacement.
While revision surgery is not something doctors or patients plan for, it can become necessary to fix an issue that was not addressed adequately in the original surgery, or that developed later on. If you need revision spinal surgery, go to a surgeon who is experienced in revision surgeries and understands your condition very well. This will help ensure that your revision surgery goes well.
Spine Surgeons in Central Maryland
If are interested in learning about revision spinal surgery and whether it’s the right decision for you, the Spine Academy of Orthopaedic Associates of Central Maryland would love to meet with you.
They have a wealth of knowledge and experience diagnosing and treating a variety of spinal issues including revision spinal surgery. Call (410) 644-1880 or (866) 927-1338 to make an appointment today, or use our form online to request an appointment.