Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) describes a condition that arises from complications following back surgery or spine surgery. It refers to chronic back or leg pain that occurs after your surgery. If you experience recurring pain following surgery, you may have FBSS.
There are many reasons for a back surgery being ineffective, even with top surgeons. Most cases of failed back surgery are the result of unidentified issues, or surgery not targeting what initially caused your pain.
Contributing factors may include, but are not limited to:
Pressure on a spinal nerve
Altered joint mobility
Joint hypermobility with instability
Scar tissue (fibrosis)
Spinal muscular deconditioning
Chronic back or neck pain can also lead to depression, anxiety, and sleep deprivation.
You may be predisposed to the development of FBSS due to systemic disorders such as diabetes, autoimmune disease, and peripheral blood vessels (vascular) disease. Smoking tobacco also puts you at risk and can increase your chances of a poor recovery after surgery.
Comprehensive Pain Consultants offers a wide range of treatment options for FBSS, including:
Minor nerve blocks
Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications
Intrathecal morphine pump
If you experience chronic neck, back, or leg pain for weeks on end following surgery, you should schedule an appointment at Comprehensive Pain Consultants. Don’t let your symptoms linger. Our physicians discuss your complications after back surgery, review your symptoms, and go over the best treatment options to relieve your pain.