Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Sometimes back pain surgery doesn’t work. When back pain surgery fails and you are now experiencing severe, chronic pain as a result, you may be diagnosed with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). For patients who have had traditional open or minimally invasive back surgeries, up to 40% of them may experience FBSS.

Many doctors recommend traditional surgery for back pain that’s associated with a pinched nerve or a damaged joint. Unfortunately, diagnostic testing might not match up with the symptoms the patient is experiencing. Instead, diagnostic injections can be helpful in pinpointing the specific cause of the back pain. This can give an accurate diagnosis, which can help your spine specialist find the right course of treatment. Often, there are least-invasive options available for back pain treatment.



What Is Failed Back Surgery?

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a general term used to describe a situation in which patients have recurrent pain after back surgery. The pain may occur immediately after the surgery and never subside, or it may come up gradually.

Most non-invasive back surgeries that are preceded by proper diagnosis are successful. However, in a few cases, patients may experience the gradual development of sharp pain in their back after the surgical procedure.

Causes of FBSS

The causes of FBSS include:

  • Going through a surgical procedure that doesn’t have a proven success rate
  • Failure of an implant to fuse after the completion of a fusion surgery
  • Formation of scar tissue
  • Improper pain diagnosis
  • Infection that occurs after surgery
  • Being obese or overweight
  • Improper diet or malnutrition
  • A poor exercise routine after healing has taken place
  • An injury that occurs due to aging or degeneration

Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery

While continuous or acute pain is the main symptom of FBSS, other symptoms linked with this condition are:

  • Muscle spasms
  • Inability to recover after the surgery
  • Reduced mobility
  • Difficulty standing, walking or bending
  • Fresh pain or fatigue after surgery

These symptoms may also be an indication of other spinal-related conditions. It’s important to consult spine specialists for an accurate diagnosis.

What Are FBSS Treatment Options?

We offer various types of failed back surgery syndrome treatment in NJ for people who are passing through the travails of FBSS, from pain management to different surgical options. We’ll carefully examine you and come to a thorough diagnosis to determine the source of your pain. We offer both non-surgical and surgical treatment options, chosen depending on the results of our diagnosis and your medical history.

Nonsurgical Treatment

Options for nonsurgical treatment include:

  • Physical therapy: Low impact exercises may be used to strengthen your abdominal muscles. They’ll improve your range of motion, boost flexibility and help you reduce the weight placed on your back.
  • Medication: Pain-relieving medications and local injections are effective non-surgical options for providing failed back surgery syndrome pain relief in NJ. They can be combined with physical therapy for faster recovery from pain.
  • Using special footwear: Using footwear with special insertions or soles can help reduce back pain. With proper posture, some of the discomfort and inflammation caused by FBSS will be reduced.

Follow-Up Surgery

In some cases, the results of the diagnosis may reveal that you require a different non-invasive surgical procedure to treat the pain. You may need this solution if your condition doesn’t improve after several weeks or months.

Contact Spine Institute of North America for more information and help choosing the right FBSS treatment options.