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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome/Post-laminectomy Pain Syndrome

Back pain is just as frustrating as it is debilitating. It can impact and impair the fullness of your life by limiting your ability to participate in everyday activities, such as work, sports, playing with your kids, or even doing household chores.

Whether due to a chronic condition or an acute injury, many men and women decide to undergo back surgery to eliminate this discomfort.

Unfortunately, it is estimated that between 20 and 40 percent of patients who undergo back surgery experience ongoing pain after their operation. This is known as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

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What Is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

Failed back surgery syndrome refers to the low back or neck pain that persists after your surgery to repair the condition causing your back pain or your neck pain.

You may experience the same pain that bothered you before surgery, or you might develop new back pain.

In some cases, you may feel better after your surgery but then find that the pain returns in a few months. If your pain doesn’t significantly and consistently improve in the first few months after your spine surgery, you may have failed back surgery syndrome.

What Are the Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

In addition to the return of chronic back pain, many men and women with failed back surgery syndrome experience:

Why Should I Choose the Advanced Relief Institute for My Failed Back Surgery Correction?

If you suffer from failed back surgery, the specialists at the Advanced Relief Institute have extensive experience using interventional pain management techniques and alternative therapies to reduce your pain and improve your physical and emotional well-being.

We tailor all of our treatments to your specific needs and are dedicated to determining the root cause of your pain for long-lasting relief.

What Causes Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

Back and spine surgery is very complex, and, sadly, it cannot always produce the expected results.

While unforeseen complications can occur, the most common reasons for failed back surgery syndrome include:

Post-surgical Complications

During your back surgery recovery, you may develop an infection or excessive scarring that prevents complete healing.

New Degeneration or Disease

Repairing the existing problem in your spine won’t prevent other issues from developing. Additionally, the biomechanics of your spine may change after surgery and accelerate degenerative changes.

Unresolved Problems

Your surgery may have repaired one problem but ignored another condition that wasn’t identified or treated.

How Is Failed Back Surgery Diagnosed?

Our specialists always aim to find the root cause of your pain. If failed back surgery is suspected, our team will review your medical history and current symptoms before performing a physical and neurological exam. These tests will identify areas of spasm, tenderness, swelling, and nerve dysfunction.

Additionally, an X-ray or other imaging tests may be required.

How Is Failed Back Surgery Treated?

The doctors at the Advanced Relief Institute take an integrative approach to relieve your persistent back pain.

Once we determine the underlying cause of your pain, we will create a customized treatment plan that draws from interventional pain management and multidisciplinary therapies.

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Is There a Recovery Period After My Failed Back Surgery Treatment?

If you underwent an injection or nerve block therapy, there might be some temporary sensitivity or discomfort in the treated area. This usually resolves within a few days.