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.

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