Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is a phrase used to indicate the condition of and individual who has had an unsuccessful result from their back procedure. Unfortunately, up to 40 percent of people who have had back surgery fall into this group and continue to experience pain. Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is far more common in the lumbar (lower back) region than in the cervical area (neck). There are some reasons why surgery may not alleviate the symptoms.
Causes of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome are:
The primary symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome are continued pain despite surgical intervention. A physician’s detailed physical exam paired with imaging such as a CT scan or MRI can often locate the exact source of the pain.
There is not a definitive treatment protocol for individuals suffering from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. However, there are effective methods for decreasing the likelihood that scar tissue formation is triggering the problem. Stretching the nerve root and hamstrings during the first three to twelve months after surgery can reduce scarring. Pain medications are also an important therapy to incorporate to provide relief.
The best ways to avoid Failed Back Surgery Syndrome include:
If you are experiencing continuing back or neck pain after surgery and would like to discuss treatment options, please call our New Braunfels or Seguin offices.