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Revision Spine Surgery

Revision Spine Surgery

Revision spine surgery is typically performed in certain patients to correct the problems of an earlier spine surgery. Revision surgery is indicated to be performed in patients with chronic pain even after surgery. We, at Spine Physicians Institute, have expert spine surgeons that can help determine if revision spine surgery is a viable option. We can also skillfully determine if other non-invasive treatment options may be of more benefit. Other factors indicated for revision spine surgery include some of the following;
Pseudarthrosis, or failure of the bone to heal properly following fusion surgery, is one reason patients may require revision surgery. This and other such conditions may contribute to progressive deformity developing above or below the surgical site. These deformities happen as the non-fused vertebrae respond to additional forces being placed upon them. Moreover, disks in the spine may become compressed or slip out of place. Such a condition results in emergence of spine conditions; such as disk herniations, degenerative disk disease, and spondylolisthesis.

Others Reasons Which Might Make Revision Spine Surgery Necessary Include;
  • Instrumentation that has loosened or pulled away from the bone.
  • Radiculopathy, or nerve pain associated with acute nerve compression in the spine. It can originate either from parts of the spine (disk, ligament, or bone) or from the previously placed implants.
  • Stenosis, or leg heaviness and walking limitation associated with chronic nerve compression in the spine. Typically associated with from disk degeneration, ligament hypertrophy, and bone spur formation.
  • Infection in the bone or around the instrumentation.
  • The presence of bursas (fluid-filled sacs) that have formed around the instrumentation used for fusion.
  • Arthritis that develops as a result of accelerated wear and tear on the spine after fusion.
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  • Poor bone quality caused by conditions such as osteoporosis or osteomalacia. These conditions can predispose to bone/implant fixation failure or fractures in the spine bones. They do this either within the fused segment or external to the operated region.

Failed back syndrome or failed back surgery is a condition used to describe persistent back pain following back surgeries.


Revision spine surgery can be performed using minimally invasive technique where surgery is done by making small incisions. This method causes less damage to muscles and conjunctive tissue surrounding the spine. Laser scalpel can be used to repair the damaged tissues. This procedure involves cutting away broken, malformed, or damaged tissue.
Procedures intended to repair previous interventions include; laminotomy, foraminotomy, facet thermal ablation, spinal fusion, and microdiscectomy. Rehabilitation after revision surgery includes exercises to harden the weakened muscles in the affected areas.
During this process, please do not hesitate to ask questions. Our team is always available to help you at any of our spine health centres. Our goal is to give you best possible care in the most safe and pleasant way possible. Although surgery is not always easy for a patient. It requires a lot of work. Regardless, you must remember that you are having the surgery because we expect a good result. We wish you a speedy recovery.
For more questions, contact our offices located in Dallas, Irving, Red Oak, Plano, Southlake, Grapevine, Colleyville and Duncanville marketplaces. Please visit our Locations and Hours page on our website. We treat patients throughout the Dallas, Fort Worth metroplex including patients from Southlake, Coppell, Carrollton, Richardson, Gainesville, Denton, Weatherford, McKinney, Frisco, Tyler. We even treat patients from outside the state of Texas and in the International community.

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