What Happens After Failed Surgery

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Heard of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

failed back surgery syndromePut plainly, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) happens when a back or spinal surgery wasn’t successful and the pain remains. Since spinal surgery has a 95% success rate, FBSS is rare, but possible.

Surgery can fail for many reasons so pinpointing the specific cause for your unsuccessful procedure will help determine the next step in your pain relief plan.

Two Things About Spine Surgery

Spine surgery is about two main things:

  1. Relieving a pinched nerve root.
  2. Stabilize a painful joint.

Even if a nerve is decompressed or a joint is stabilized, pain can still exist from soreness or trauma from the surgery itself. This can technically be labeled failed back surgery syndrome, though it’s a common experience.

So the pain is still there, what now?

You could always schedule another surgery, but that route probably doesn’t sound too enticing. A viable alternative would be non-pharmacological treatments that don’t require cutting or inserting sharp objects into your body, but are known to relieve pain.

Check out this list of surgery-free pain relief options:

  • Physical Therapy. Build strength and flexibility in the painful muscles.
  • Massage. Release the stress that’s causing the muscle stiffness in the neck, back, shoulders, arms, legs, and other areas.
  • Chiropractic Care. A spinal adjustment resets vertebrae, ligaments and tissues of the spine to allow for decompression and much needed pain relief.

We can help you with failed back surgery syndrome. At Texas Pain Relief Group, we’re about pain management and we take that on from all sides. Offering minimally invasive treatments in addition to non-pharmacological therapies ensures a well-rounded pain relief experience. To find out more, contact our team today or schedule an appointment to come by.

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