Revision Spinal Surgery Specialist

Drew Brown IV, MD, FAAOS -  - Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon

Drew Brown IV, MD, FAAOS

Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeon located in Wesley Chapel, FL & Jacksonville, FL

If you’ve had spinal surgery, but still suffer from pain or deformity, you may need revision spinal surgery. As a board-certified orthopedic surgeon, Drew Brown IV, MD, in Tampa, Florida, uses his expertise in minimally invasive surgery to alleviate your post-surgery issues. If more conservative therapies have failed, find out if revision spinal surgery is the best option for you by calling the office or by requesting a consultation online. 

Revision Spinal Surgery Q & A

What is revision spinal surgery?

Revision spinal surgery may be necessary if you’ve undergone spinal surgery, but still suffer from symptoms, such as pain and disability. Dr. Brown recommends a minimally invasive approach to revision spinal surgery whenever possible — to reduce the risk of trauma and further injury.

What kinds of conditions are treated with revision spinal surgery?

Revision spinal therapy corrects problems that weren’t fully addressed in the initial surgery. You may also need revision spinal surgery if your first operation caused damage that now requires repair. You may need revision spinal surgery to correct conditions such as:

  • Scoliosis
  • Kyphosis 
  • Spondylolisthesis
  • Tumor removal
  • Degenerated discs
  • Radiculopathy
  • Bone spurs
  • Spinal instability 

You may also need revision spinal surgery to:

  • Place more instruments in a fused spine
  • Extend the fusion area
  • Arrest and correct bone deformities
  • Remove instrumentation that’s causing an infection
  • Irrigate and remove infected tissue
  • Decompress irritated nerves
  • Stop an infection from spreading

Dr. Brown only recommends revision spinal surgery as a last resort. Before recommending you for surgery, he may prescribe:

  • Physical therapy
  • Braces
  • Medications
  • Spinal injections

If you don’t respond to conservative measures, you might be a candidate for revision spinal surgery.

How can I tell if I need revision spinal surgery?

Your surgeon may tell you that you’ve developed problems after your initial surgery that need correction, including screw and other instrumentation that have pulled away from the bone. You could also have changes that warrant investigation and possible revision surgery, including:

  • Persistent symptoms
  • Worsening symptoms
  • New pain or new symptoms
  • Reduction in your height
  • Balance problems
  • Flat back
  • Leg pain or weakness

During your evaluation, Dr. Brown examines your spine, asks you about changes in your symptoms, and orders X-rays, computed tomography (CT) scans, and other imaging studies.   

Are revision spinal surgeries risky?

Revision surgeries are always riskier than initial surgeries because you have developed scar tissue and may have other complications. However, Dr. Brown takes a minimally invasive approach that uses very small incisions and instrumentation to reduce trauma.

To get relief from postoperative back pain and complications, call Dr. Brown's office to schedule an evaluation today. Alternatively, you can request an appointment online.