When we have any type of surgical procedure, we anticipate moving on with their lives and not experiencing any problems. That is the case with any type of surgery, including those who undergo spine surgery. The pain and other symptoms that they may be experience could be excruciating and chronic. Spinal surgery is designed to help correct the problem by taking a number of different measures including removing the offending material and fusing the vertebrae together. From time to time, however, the problem actually gets worse or is not corrected as a result of the surgery and as a result, revision surgery may be necessary.
Revision surgery is given for individuals who are experiencing chronic pain after they have spinal surgery. There may also be a number of other reasons why that type of surgery is necessary. For example, if any type of scar tissue is formed around the area of the incision, a secondary surgery may be necessary to remove it. If the surgery was performed at the wrong site, it is obviously going to have to be redone. There may be a wide variety of postsurgical complications that can also add problems.
Some of the main difficulties people experience after surgery that has failed include pain, numbness and similar difficulties to what they may have been experiencing as a result of their spinal problems. The type of surgery that may require revision surgery can vary quite widely and it could include the removal of a disk or spinal fusion. Some of the issues that could result in revision surgery include spine degeneration that is not associated with the surgery but more than likely, it could include an infection, hardware failure or a re-herniation of the disc.
In most cases, this secondary type of surgery is performed with a minimally invasive procedure. This would require only a small incision in the area to go in and correct any problems that may exist. Since it is minimally invasive, the incisions are going to be a lot smaller and complications associated with surgery are also going to be minimized. They could include possibilities for bleeding, infection and an extension of surgery healing time.
If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can contact Dr. Dickerson for information on how you can go through this type of surgical procedure. He can assist you through the process, successfully diagnosing your problem and providing options for treatment that may or may not include revision surgery. Many people trust Dr. Dickerman with their spine problems throughout the Plano, Richardson and Dallas-Fort Worth area. You can contact him for more information as to how he can help you with your spine problem.
None of us want to go through surgery but if we have surgery that is not effective, a secondary surgical procedure may be necessary. These types of procedures are sometimes able to correct the problem and allow you to move on with your life.