What Is Revision Spinal Fusion Surgery?
Revision spinal fusion surgery is recommended for patients who have had previous spinal procedures but then suffered from structural or physical spine shifts that caused renewed discomfort, loss of mobility, and decreased function. For the majority of revision surgery patients, surgical error from a previous operation is not the cause of their problems.
This was the case for Wayne. Pain was a regular part of his daily life. His back problems had become so bad he could hardly walk to the end of his driveway to pick up the mail. After consulting with Dr. Prasher, Wayne decided that revision spinal fusion surgery would give him the best chance of leading a normal life again.
Common reasons for revision surgery include:
- Inability to maintain stable fusion (pseudarthrosis)
- The natural evolution of the spinal structure
- Deterioration or injury to the spine at adjacent levels
- Inability to stand up straight (flatback syndrome)
Important Considerations Before Deciding on Revision Spinal Fusion Surgery
Revision spinal fusion surgery is an intricate and challenging process. Every patient needs to be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine the cause of the problem and the optimal solution to address it.
Revision spinal fusion surgery is typically more complex than the original procedure due to complications such as scar tissue, weakened bone, and tissue quality. Moreover, the healing process may not be as efficient with revision surgery. Patients are at an increased risk of infection. All these challenges highlight the need for an experienced and skillful orthopaedic surgeon.
Lumbar (lower) spinal revision surgery can be performed from the back (posterior), from the side (lateral), front (anterior), or from the front and back depending on the patient’s condition, the nature of the revision surgery, and the surgeon’s recommendation. With recent advances in equipment and techniques, the majority of lumbar spine revision surgeries are now performed from the back.
Since his revision spinal fusion surgery with Dr. Prasher, Wayne’s life has been transformed. “Everything is great now,” he says. “Before I had a tough time walking at all. Just walking to the end of the driveway and back was very difficult, and now I have no problems doing that at all.”
Wayne appreciated how simple it was to schedule appointments at South Florida Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine. The process made his life easier and allowed him to receive faster treatment.
“Scheduling appointments has been absolutely no problem, in fact, better than most practices,” says Wayne. “Dr. Prasher took me in for a consultation, and it was only six or seven days later that I had my surgery. They were very prompt in that regard, and the wait time to see the doctor was minimal.”
Grateful for his successful surgery and restored function, Wayne appreciates the attention and follow up care he received from his orthopaedic surgeon. “Dr. Prasher’s mannerisms are just outstanding,” says Wayne. “He kept in contact throughout the surgery with my family to let them know what was going on, and he came in after the surgery and spoke with me to let me know how everything went. He also followed up afterward. Dr. Prasher has been as good as I can expect from any doctor.”