Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
What is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?
Failed back syndrome describes what happens when back surgery fails. The number one symptom of failed back surgery is a continuation of the pain after the surgical procedure is complete. There are a lot of reasons why back surgery fails. In truth, back surgery can only accomplish two things:
- It can decompress a nerve that is pinched.
- It can stabilize a joint that is causing pain.
Back surgery is not designed to cut out or to remove your pain. Instead, it is designed to make anatomical changes to the back with the goal of addressing the problem that is likely the cause of the pain. The number one reason why back surgery fails is because of the area that was treated is not actually the cause of the pain.
What causes Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?
Some possible causes include:
- Fusion Surgery: Pain following fusion surgery results when the fusion or the implant fails. It can also result when the fusion or transplant injures or causes the degeneration of another level of the spine.
- Lumbar Decompression Back Surgery: The goal of this surgery is to decompress a pinched nerve or to correct a disc herniation. Continued pain may be experienced if the nerve is not properly decompressed, it does not properly heal after surgery, or it is damaged during surgery.
- Scar Tissue Formation: After some surgeries, scar tissue may form around the nerve root. This causes pressure and pain.
- Pedicle Screws: On the other hand, if you had a successful back surgery which later failed this could be the result of pedicle screws, which are used in spinal fusions, dislodging or loosening. When a pedicle screw loosens it may cause pain on the opposite side of the body. If you had a lumbar fusion then your pain will most likely go down your leg.
What are the symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?
Continued back pain after having a surgical procedure performed.
Treating and Diagnosing Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
WE HAVE WORKED WITH MANY PATIENTS WHO ARE SUFFERING FROM PAIN EVEN AFTER BACK SURGERY. WE HAVE HEARD COUNTLESS STORIES OF INDIVIDUALS WHO HAVE LOST THEIR JOB, HAVE LOST THEIR MARRIAGE, AND WHO HAVE LOST THEIR SELF-ESTEEM BECAUSE OF THE INTENSITY AND CONSTANCY OF THEIR PAIN.
For this reason, we are committed to helping every single one of our patients learn to manage their pain and receive a level of, if not complete, pain relief.
Our program starts with us taking the time to listen to you. We want to hear about the surgery you had, how your pain was prior to the surgery, and how it is now. Once we have a clear picture of what you are experiencing, our next step is to work with you to create short-term and long-term pain relief treatments.
When you leave one of our clinic locations, after the initial consultation, you will clearly understand the steps we plan to take to address your pain needs and what results we expect you to see in the short-term and the long-term.
It is devastating realizing that your costly and invasive back surgery did not remove your pain in the way you expected it to. Let us work with you to help you find the relief back surgery could not produce. We are eager to be your guide on the road to an active, productive, happy, and pain-free life.