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Cervical Revision

Advanced Spine Center

Stephen P. Courtney, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in Plano, TX

When considering cervical revision surgery, visit orthopedic spine surgeon Stephen Courtney, MD, at Advanced Spine Center. With more than 20 years of experience serving men and women in Plano, Texas, Dr. Courtney delivers top-notch, technically skilled, and conservative surgical procedures. As a trainer and surgical equipment developer, Dr. Courtney has the knowledge and expertise you want when getting a cervical revision. To set up an appointment, book a consultation online, or call Advanced Spine Center today.

Cervical Revision Q & A

When is cervical revision recommended?

Dr. Courtney performs cervical revisions when previous cervical spine surgeries have failed due to:

  • Pseudoarthrosis (failure of the bone to fuse after surgery)
  • Adjacent segment disease (ASD)
  • Incomplete decompression
  • Hardware problems

Post-surgical infections can also cause progressive deformity, especially as pathogens can quickly destroy the bone. Dr. Courtney can revise initial surgeries when necessary to relieve your pain, improve your quality of life, and help you return to your favorite activities.

How is cervical revision performed?

Cervical revisions are performed in a variety of ways, depending upon your unique situation. Dr. Courtney specializes in minimally invasive surgeries,  including endoscopic microdiscectomies, laminectomies, and cervical fusions. These procedures can be used to revise failed neck surgeries.

Based on your consultation, physical exam, and diagnostic imaging conducted by Dr. Courtney, he determines the cause of your failed neck surgery and identifies revision options. In cases of hardware problems, Dr. Courtney removes the problematic hardware and replaces it with more appropriate equipment for your condition and anatomy.

For cervical revision involving the removal of a cervical disc or bony overgrowth, Dr. Courtney performs the least invasive surgical procedure possible to ease or eliminate your symptoms.

If you’re experiencing instability or problems at multiple levels of your cervical spine, he could recommend cervical fusion.

Am I a candidate for cervical revision?

Not all patients with failed neck surgeries are candidates for cervical revision. Dr. Courtney determines if you’re a candidate based on your medical history, symptoms, and prior surgery.

If appropriate, Dr. Courtney could recommend a series of conservative treatments like physical therapy, oral medications, or cervical injections before considering revision surgery.

Some lifestyle activities like smoking could prevent you from having a cervical revision. As an experienced trainer of fellow orthopedic spine surgeons, Dr. Courtney has extensive knowledge of the risks and benefits of revision surgery and answers all of your questions thoroughly so you can make an educated decision.

If you and Dr. Courtney agree that cervical revision is the best choice for you, he carefully plans your surgery to address your specific concerns for the best results possible.

Find out if you’re a candidate for cervical revision by calling Advanced Spine Center or scheduling a consultation online now.