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Lumbar Revision

Advanced Spine Center

Stephen P. Courtney, MD

Orthopedic Spine Surgeon located in Plano, TX

While most initial back surgeries are successful, approximately 3% of lumbar surgeries require revision. At Advanced Spine Center, spinal orthopedic surgeon, Stephen Courtney, MD, offers lumbar revision surgery to correct problems with hardware, support bone fusion for stability, and address new complaints after the initial surgery. Based in Plano, Texas, for more than 20 years, Dr. Courtney has the experience and technical skills needed to perform detailed lumbar revisions. Find out how a lumbar revision can help you by calling or booking a consultation online today.

Lumbar Revision Q & A

When is lumbar revision recommended?

Lumbar revision — a second back surgery — could be recommended if you experience any of the following conditions after your initial back surgery:

  • Recurrent disc herniation
  • Pseudoarthrosis (lack of bone fusion)
  • Adjacent segment degeneration (ASD)
  • Failure of a total disc replacement (TDR)
  • Hardware problems

Dr. Courtney understands the stress of a second surgery and takes all the necessary precautions to ensure you receive the best care possible along with thorough rehabilitation afterward to support your recovery.

How is a failed back surgery fixed?

Dr. Courtney could recommend a microdiscectomy, laminectomy, or spinal fusion surgery depending upon your history. He’ll decide what type of approach is most appropriate based on your orthopedic exam, medical history, and imaging.

If you’re experiencing problems with the hardware used in your surgery, Dr. Courtney removes the problematic hardware and replaces it with more durable equipment.

Hardware replacement and minor modifications can also stimulate bone fusion for added stability in cases of pseudoarthrosis.

Dr. Courtney uses the least invasive surgical methods available whenever possible, to avoid damaging healthy structures in and around your spine. He carefully plans your surgery to address your symptoms and anatomy for a customized solution to your pain.

Am I a candidate for lumbar revision?

If you’ve had a failed back surgery or are experiencing new symptoms after previous surgery, discuss your situation with Dr. Courtney during your consultation.

During your consultation and physical exam, Dr. Courtney reviews your medical records and X-rays to determine the cause of your previous surgery’s failure. He could refer you for additional X-rays or an MRI if needed.

Based on his findings, Dr. Courtney explains the options to relieve your pain. He could recommend further diagnostic tests, like lumbar injections, or physical therapy, to rehabilitate your muscles.

If a lumbar revision is needed, Dr. Courtney takes detailed X-rays to understand better how your spine moves when you bend and twist. These X-rays help him plan your surgery with precision for a higher possibility of success.

To find out what can be done to correct a failed back surgery, call Advanced Spine Care, or schedule a lumbar revision consultation now.