Evaluation and workup in revision spine surgery

Jeffrey M. Hills, Elliot Kim, Inamullah Khan, Clinton J. Devin

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The incidence of spine surgeries performed annually continues to rise and despite advances in instrumentation and surgical techniques, reoperation rates are still high. Common reasons for revision surgery include an incorrect preoperative diagnosis, technical error, complications of procedure or implants, or a poor surgical candidate for the index procedure. Identifying the source of symptoms can present a diagnostic challenge and requires a careful and strategic approach. Given that outcomes lessen with each subsequent spine surgery, spine surgeons must be cautious and meticulous when considering a revision spine surgery. This article will review a general diagnostic approach when evaluating a patient with persistent symptoms, along with a review of the more common indications for revision spine surgery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)44-52
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Spine Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2019
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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