Many people struggle after undergoing back surgery and painstaking rehab and recovery, only to have the pain return in what seems like no time at all. You may have even found relief from nagging pain for years before it cropped up again. It’s never too late to find the right solution for your unique condition. In fact, Dr. Branko Skovrlj at NU-Spine in Edison, New Jersey is used to hearing the story repeated so many times that he’s developed procedures and techniques to deliver a final, lasting solution to your back pain. He’s an expert at minimally invasive procedures and revisions of previous surgeries. Give him a call today.
What Is Revision Surgery?
Revision spine surgery refers to an additional spine surgery that’s needed after you’ve already undergone a surgical procedure. You may need revision surgery for a number of reasons, including:
- The procedure wasn’t done properly the first time.
- Your pain has resurfaced due to wear and tear.
- You didn’t have the best procedure to treat your specific issue.
- The treatment didn’t go far enough to successfully resolve the problem.
You may require complex revision spine surgery for ongoing issues in the same area of your back or for a new level of back pain that wasn’t properly addressed in the first surgery. Grafts and spacers deteriorate, discs herniate again or you injure your spine in a new way after surgery.
Don’t give up until you visit the leading neurosurgeon at NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute. Dr. Branko Skovrlj is one of only a handful of neurosurgeons in the country who focuses his expertise on complex spine treatments. He uses advanced surgical techniques and state-of-the art technology to provide you with evidence-based spinal procedures for long-term successful outcomes.
When Is Revision Surgery Needed?
Failed back syndrome occurs when surgery to eliminate your back pain doesn’t seem to help. Some spinal surgeries provide relief, but create new problems. Other surgeries are helpful, but don’t stop spinal degeneration from progressing. Spinal conditions and disease that your New Jersey spine doctor can address include:
- Spinal deformities such as scoliosis may be treated with surgery. But different areas of your back may be affected and not recognized until you recover from the first procedure.
- Thoracic kyphosis corrected with surgery may later develop into lumbar kyphosis.
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease can continue even after a successful discectomy (ACDF). The same disc may flare up and bulge, or it might happen elsewhere along the spine.
- Lumbar stenosis and cervical stenosis are progressive illnesses, so the compression and pain can continue to get worse even after a successful surgery.
- Cervical radiculopathy, lumbar radiculopathy and thoracic myelopathy are all normal risks associated with spine surgery. Your spine is tightly integrated with many bundles of nerves that easily can be compressed or damaged during a procedure.
- Spondylosis, which is essentially spinal arthritis, tends to get progressively worse over time, so even having one successful surgery doesn’t guarantee that you won’t need another.
Your spine is always in motion, always supporting many different activities as you go about your day. Even well-executed procedures may need to be revised later. No matter what the reason, Dr. Skovrlj has the experience and skills to make it right.
Why Does Spinal Surgery Go Wrong?
Every surgery carries risks, and spine surgery is a complex endeavor. You can lower your risks and keep the odds in your favor by visiting a world-renowned neurosurgeon for your treatment. But if you need revision surgery, it may be due to complexities such as:
- Discectomies require removing tiny parts of discs.
- Laminectomies involve the process of removing the backs of vertebrae.
- Lumbar foraminotomies widen the holes in the spine that nerves travel through.
These and other delicate spinal procedures can result in:
- Back pain in another area of your spine
- Neck pain
- Post laminectomy syndrome
- Cervical facet syndrome
- Flat back
Taking the pressure off one part of your back may transfer it somewhere else as your body movements adjust to a differently shaped spine. Some procedures, such as spinal reconstruction surgery, are even more complex and prone to difficulties. That’s why you need to rely on a world-acclaimed spine surgeon who can identify your problem and fix it.
How Is Revision Surgery Done?
Different problems require different solutions. Dr. Skovrlj performs a careful assessment to make sure he accurately pinpoints your problem. Using state-of-the-art imaging and testing equipment, coupled with extensive experience, he assesses the issue, reaches a diagnosis and provides option, such as:
- You may need revision fusion surgery in your lumbar spine to correct a spinal fusion that didn’t work. He can give you stability after another type of surgery weakened your back.
- In other cases, you may need cervical spine revision surgery if your initial surgery led to neck pain or other problems.
- If complex problems arose after surgery, you may need a complex revision procedure.
Dr. Skovrlj is a master at customizing procedures to make sure that your pain is resolved completely. Whenever possible, he relies on minimally invasive spine surgery procedures to make sure that you start healing as soon as possible. Contact NU-Spine today to find out if you’re a candidate for revision surgery. End your back pain once and for all.Page Updated on Jul 9, 2021 by Dr. Branko Skovrlj (Neurosurgeon / Spine surgeon) of NU-Spine: The Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Institute in New Jersey