Do You Need Revision Surgery?

Do You Need Revision Surgery?

You did it. You had spine surgery. And now, months or years after you were supposed to have recovered, you’re still experiencing back pain. Unfortunately, due to the complexities of spinal work, operations don’t always solve the problems they’re meant to address.

A common misconception is that your pain must be persisting because the surgeon did a subpar job. This is often not the case! While surgical errors and failures are certainly within the realm of possibility, it’s more likely your spine simply didn’t heal correctly. And even after a successful surgery, age and activity can deteriorate your spine over time. Due to these potential troublemakers, spinal revision surgery is an unfortunately common necessity.

Signs that you may need revision surgery

Here are some indicators that you should seek a revision surgery consultation:

  • Persistent pain or discomfort
  • Noticeable deformity
  • Trouble performing every day activities
  • Loss of balance

Know the facts and discuss every detail

Revision surgery is another chance at correcting your spine problems and living life without back pain. Revision surgeries are often more complex than initial surgeries because the surgical situation becomes more individualized — everyone’s surgery will progress (or regress) in different ways over time. It’s important to have an in-depth conversation with your spine surgeon so none of your questions go unanswered and, should you decide to undergo revision surgery, so she has a complete understanding of the task before her.

Making the right decision

Considering the variables involved with spinal revision surgery, only you and your doctor can make any sort of definitive call on what’s right for you. However, if you’re living a life of discomfort, putting yourself in a position to make that call is something you owe to your own well-being.

If you think you’re a candidate for revision surgery or have any other neck, spine or back questions, call us at 208-944-0056 today.

Understanding and Managing Sciatica

Spine Surgery of Idaho Can Diagnose and Treat Your Sciatica

Do you have pain, numbness or tingling down the back of your leg? Does the pain worsen when you sit for long periods of time? You could be experiencing sciatica.

The sciatic nerve starts in your lower back and runs down the back of each leg. Pain occurs when there is pressure or injury to the sciatic nerve. For most people, sciatic pain is an occasional problem that can be managed with noninvasive treatments. For others, sciatic pain can be severe and debilitating. Determining the cause is an important step in effectively managing your pain.

Common causes of sciatica include:

  • Trauma or irritation to the lumbar and lumbosacral spine area (an injury to your lower back)
  • Lumbar spinal stenosis (a narrowing of the spinal canal in your lower back, which puts pressure on the nerves)
  • Degenerative disc disease (a breakdown of the discs or cushions between the vertebrae in your spinal column)
  • Spondylolisthesis (when one of the vertebrae in your back slips out of alignment and pinches the nerves)
  • Pregnancy, which can put pressure on the lower back and sciatic nerve

It’s time to make an appointment with your doctor when:

  • You’re unable to relieve the pain with at-home treatments like stretching, exercise and over-the-counter pain medication
  • The pain and related symptoms continue to get worse
  • Your daily routine, family life and job suffer as a result of the pain
  • You’re unable to do the things you normally do
  • The pain starts after an injury, like a fall from a ladder or an auto accident

It’s important to immediately seek medical care if:

  • The pain comes on very quickly and is not due to an injury
  • The pain becomes severe, causing numbness or weakness in your leg
  • You lose feeling in your leg, or you’re unable to lift your foot
  • You have difficulty controlling your bowels or bladder

Don’t let the pain of sciatica stop you from doing the things you enjoy. Dr. Marano has been providing a full range of spinal care treatment options for the past three decades. He’ll conduct a thorough examination to identify the cause of your pain and will recommend treatment options – starting with the least invasive option first. His number-one goal is to address your specific issues and needs.

Dr. Marano and his staff bring a high level of expertise and experience to the care of each and every patient seen at Spine Surgery of Idaho. If you’re in the Idaho Falls area and you’ve been experiencing back pain, we encourage you to make an appointment today. You can call 208-522-6930 to schedule your appointment, or use our convenient online request form.

Be Prepared for Your Bone Density Scan

Bone Density Scan to Detect Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a weakening of the bones due to a loss of calcium and minerals. In women, this is often the result of hormonal changes as they age. People with weak bones are at greater risk for breaks and fractures. It’s estimated that about 2 million fractures per year are osteoporosis-related.

Early intervention and treatment is essential in effectively managing osteoporosis. Has your doctor ordered a bone density scan? This simple test can help your doctor assess your risk for osteoporosis-related breaks and fractures. By understanding your bone density, he can prescribe medications to help prevent, slow and stop the progression of osteoporosis. Bone loss and damage that has already been done is not reversible.

You’ve made the appointment for your bone density scan: what can you expect? To help you be prepared and ready for your scan, the team at Spine Surgery of Idaho has organized this helpful list of information.

A bone density scan…

  • Is not painful.
  • Takes about 15 – 30 minutes to complete.
  • Assesses bones in your hips, spine, forearms, fingers and heels.
  • Exposes you to very low levels of radiation, much less than when you get a chest x-ray.
  • When done in a hospital, you lay on a padded table and a machine with an arm moves over your body and scans your bones. With this machine they test your spine, hip and forearm.
  • When done in your doctor’s office or at your local pharmacy, a portable machine is used to measure the bone density in your finger, wrist and heel.
  • Results are read by a trained and certified physician and then sent to your doctor who will review them with you.

If you’re concerned about your risk for osteoporosis and you live in the Idaho Falls area, trust Dr. Marano and his team at Spine Surgery of Idaho.” He can help you understand your condition and, when appropriate, your treatment options. Call 208-522-6930 to schedule your appointment or use the convenient online request form.