No hospital in Florida facilitates more complex spine surgeries than Tampa General Hospital. This includes revision surgery, which is an operation that’s performed after a previous spine surgery proved unsuccessful or created additional complications. Revision surgeries require the expertise of highly experienced and skilled neurosurgeons, such as those at Tampa General Hospital’s Neuroscience Institute.
Problems Treated With Revision Spine Surgery
Revision spine surgery addresses what’s known as “failed back surgery syndrome,” which actually isn’t a syndrome at all. Rather, it refers to pain that remains after an initial spine operation or symptoms that developed as a result of the procedure itself. Possible causes of failed back surgery syndrome include:
- An incorrect diagnosis
- Scar tissue formation
- Spinal bones that failed to properly fuse together
- Treating the wrong site
- A failed spinal implant
- Recurring disc herniation
- Surgical errors or complications
Details of Revision Spine Surgery
The specifics of a patient’s revision spine surgery will depend on their condition, symptoms and what went wrong in the previous operation. The neurosurgeons at TGH’s Neuroscience Institute help ensure the best possible outcomes for revision surgery patients by incorporating minimally invasive techniques—such as robotic-assisted technology and spinal navigation systems—into everyday practice. Our team routinely treats patients who require revision stenosis surgery, artificial disc replacement and spinal fusions, among other complex procedures.
What to Expect Before Revision Spine Surgery
The multidisciplinary team at TGH’s Neuroscience Institute take the time to identify the cause of each patient’s previous surgical failures and thoroughly assess the treatment site prior to revision spine surgery.
With the latest advancements in diagnostics and imaging methods at their fingertips, our neurosurgeons formulate highly individualized care plans and ensure patients are fully educated on all their options before committing to treatment. For example, some patients with failed back syndrome can benefit significantly from nonsurgical therapies or minimally invasive procedures such as nerve blocks.
Tampa General Hospital is pleased to be a regional leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and a state-designated spinal cord and brain injury center by the Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Program (BSCIP) of Florida. We’re also ranked among the top 10% of hospitals nationwide for Neurology and Neurosurgery by U.S. News & World Report for 2022-23.
If a previous neck or back surgery has failed to relieve your pain or left you in worse shape, we encourage you to consult with the experts at TGH’s Neuroscience Institute to explore your treatment options. Contact us at (800) 822-3627 to schedule an appointment.