Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Back Pain Treatment Options
Even with the best surgeon and the best outlook, there is always a chance that spinal surgery will not fully resolve back pain. Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, or FBSS, is an umbrella term for the many types of complications that may occur after spinal surgery.

What is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is a diagnosis for patients who continue to experience pain following spinal surgery. Some patients may feel that their symptoms improve temporarily, before deteriorating again. Others may feel like their symptoms became worse following surgery. In some cases, patients report that their pain changes locations, for example, from the back to the legs. 

There are a number of reasons why a spinal surgery might fail. For instance, if a patient’s spinal fusion fails to heal properly, their spine may never fuse, resulting in more pain.

What are the symptoms?

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome might present several different symptoms, including:
  • Chronic back pain
  • Radicular pain
  • Leg pain
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Tingling

Treatment Options for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Treatments will vary depending on the circumstances surrounding the patient’s failed spinal surgery. If the failed surgery temporarily resolved the patient’s back pain, they may find that there are more options for treatment available. Your physician will determine whether the pain has resulted from the ineffectiveness of the surgery itself or if the surgery did not treat the proper part of the spine. Those who have an existing spinal condition that spreads to another part of the spine after surgery may want to try a more conservative treatment option before undergoing another surgery. Some non-surgical back pain treatment options include:
If a non-surgical procedure does not resolve a patient’s pain from failed back surgery syndrome, they may be a candidate for a more advanced, minimally-invasive surgical treatment:
Pain Pump Surgery
Dr. Segura performed the first implant of the Prometra® II 40 mL Programmable Pump in Louisiana. Dr. Segura has been implanting the Prometra System for over 5 years using his low concentration, high volume approach to alleviating symptoms for chronic pain patients.

Reach out for relief

Though nobody wants to be faced with the possibility of a failed spinal surgery, those who experience lingering chronic pain of the back should rest easy knowing other treatment options are available.

If you’re still experiencing pain from a failed spinal operation, give the team at the Segura Neuroscience & Pain Center a contact us today. We have a team of trained physicians ready to diagnose and treat your lingering chronic back pain.

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