Post-Surgical Pain/Failed Back Surgery

At the Center for Comprehensive Spine Care, we treat patients who are suffering from continued and ongoing pain post-surgery or who have undergone spinal surgeries that were unsuccessful. Failed back surgery can result in failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), a condition where a patient may be feeling persistent pain following back surgery.

Multiple factors can contribute to the development of FBSS, including but not limited to recurrent spinal disc herniation, persistent post-operative pressure on a spinal nerve, altered joint mobility and scar tissue ( fibrosis). A patient may also be predisposed to developing FBSS due to pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, autoimmune disease and vascular disease.

Common symptoms associated with FBSS include dull and aching pain involving the back and/or legs, which may include sharp, pricking, and stabbing pain in the extremities. The term "post-laminectomy syndrome" is used by some doctors to indicate failed back surgery syndrome.

The treatments for FBSS can include physical therapy, chiropractic care, Microcurrent electrical neuromuscular stimulator, minor nerve blocks, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), pain management through non-steroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications, membrane stabilizers and spinal cord stimulation.

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