Treating Failed Back Surgery


As the name implies, when someone undergoes back surgery but a variety of issues, complications, and symptoms surface post-surgery, this is considered Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. Ask your doctor is you have had one or more back surgeries and are still experience pain higher than a 5 on the pain scale.

Pain After Back Surgery

There are a number of factors that could lead to the condition known as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. The most common reasons that the syndrome occurs include:

  • Failure to properly fuse the spine
  • Certain nerves get damaged during the surgery
  • Disc or bone was not removed entirely
  • New issues created via the surgery in different areas of the spinal column
  • Like any syndrome, the symptoms you may experience will vary depending on previous medical history, age, gender, etc. Here are the most common symptoms:

  • Aching in the back or neck
  • Tingling or numbness in the back
  • Pain extending into the arms and legs
  • Pain where the incision was made
  • Muscle spasms and/or twitching
  • Treatment Options for Failed Back Surgery

    Again, this will vary based on your condition and the symptoms you feel. Common treatment options include the following:

  • Weight management
  • Physical therapy
  • Persistent exercise
  • Prescription pain medication
  • Spinal nerve stimulation (for more advanced cases and long-term pain relief)
  • Many individuals unfortunately require more than one surgery – due to the complexity of the surgery, failure rates are high and many individuals often do not find relief in subsequent surgeries. Conditions, symptoms, and severity will vary from person to person. Contact your doctor to determine if a combination of one or more treatment options listed above may be right for you.

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