Failed Back Surgery

Do You Have Persistent Pain or Symptoms Months After Surgery?

Failed back surgery syndrome (also called FBSS, FBS or failed back syndrome) describes the condition of patients who have not had success with past back surgery, spine surgery or neck surgery. Patients with FBSS typically experience persistent pain and/or symptoms after back surgery.

Please use the form on this page to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced medical specialists in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. Our team will provide a diagnosis and recommend treatment options.

Causes of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome is defined as back surgery that fails to resolve a patient’s lumbar spinal pain, increases the pain of an existing condition or results in new painful conditions after surgery. Causes for FBSS are wide ranging and can include postoperative:

  • Scar tissue formation
  • Fragment of disc or bone pinching a nerve
  • Nerve damage
  • Failed spinal lumbar fusion surgery
  • Recurrent lumbar disc herniation
  • Discectomy post surgery pain
  • Microdiscectomy post surgery pain
  • Laminectomy post surgery pain
  • Laminotomy post surgery pain
  • Kyphoplasty post surgery pain
  • Vertebreplasty post surgery pain

Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

If you’ve had one or more back surgeries, neck surgeries or spinal surgeries and you are experiencing persistent pain and/or symptoms months after surgery, you may have FBSS. Here are some of the most common symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome:

  • Postoperative chronic pain
  • Numbness, coldness and/or paresthesia after spinal surgery
  • Residual sciatica after surgery
  • Difficulty recuperating after back surgery
  • Limited mobility and flexibility after back surgery
  • Sharp or stabbing back pain
  • Pain that radiates from the back to the legs
  • Muscle spasms in the back after surgery

Treatment Options for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

After we’ve reviewed your medical records and completed an exam, our team of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome specialists will provide a diagnosis and recommend a course of treatment. Here are some of treatment options for FBSS include:

  • Nerve Blocks
  • Epidural Steroid Injections (ESI)
  • Infusion Therapy
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) or Neuromodulation
  • Radiofrequency Ablation
  • Physical Therapy

Please use the form on this page to schedule an appointment with one of our experienced medical specialists in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. Our team will provide a diagnosis and recommend treatment options.

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