Despite many patients achieving much-needed relief from back pain, some patients report persistent pain even after undergoing a spinal procedure. Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), described as chronic back or neck pain, can occur when a spine surgery fails to achieve the desired result. These unfortunate outcomes don’t indicate a surgical error; on the contrary, sometimes the surgery proves successful, yet the patient’s spinal condition continues to worsen.
A variety of factors can affect the procedure’s outcome. Contributing factors to this resurgence include but are not limited to scar tissue around nerves or around the incision, an improper diagnosis, post-surgical complications, recurrent disc herniation, and muscle de-conditioning.
Common symptoms that patients may encounter involve a dull and aching pain involving the back and/or legs, as well as a sharp, pricking, burning or stabbing pain.
Since many different causes may produce different symptoms, treatment for failed back surgery varies from patient to patient. The underlying goal of revision/corrective spine surgery is to reduce pain and allow the patient to resume normal activities.
Spine surgeons can perform revision spine surgery using minimally invasive techniques such as medication to reduce spinal inflammation, and physical therapy to strengthen and stretch the core that supports the spine. Other procedures that doctors may utilize to prepare failed surgeries may involve laminotomy, spinal fusion, and microdiscectomy. Rehabilitation after revision surgery includes exercises to harden the weakened muscles in the affected areas.
Patients suffering from failed back surgery syndrome are encouraged to try one or more nonsurgical treatments. But after exhausting all other options, surgery may be the best course of action. The decision to undergo this procedure should always be fully discussed between patient and doctor in order to decide what is best for each individual case.
One failed back surgery is one too many. If you’re looking to rid your body of excruciating back pain, contact NJSS today. The board-certified surgeons at New Jersey Spine Specialists perform minimally invasive procedures that are safer and effective alternatives to traditional spine surgery. NJSS welcomes patients throughout Northern New Jersey including Bloomfield, Summit, Millburn, and Morristown. Call (908) 738-1679 today!
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