Q & A
What is 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.
What causes failed back surgery syndrome?
Multiple factors can contribute to the onset or development of FBSS. Contributing factors include, but are not limited to:
- Herniated discs
- 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.
How do you treat failed back surgery syndrome?
If you experience chronic neck, back, or leg pain for weeks on end following surgery, you should schedule an appointment at Glaser Pain Relief Center. Dr. Glaser discusses your complications after back surgery, reviews your symptoms, and goes over the best treatment options to relieve your pain.
Glaser Pain Relief Center offers a wide range of treatment options for FBSS, including:
- Physical therapy
- Minor nerve blocks
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Behavioral medicine
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medications
- Membrane stabilizers
- Spinal cord stimulation therapy
- Intrathecal morphine pump
- Alternative therapies
If you’re suffering from complications stemming from ineffective back surgery, don’t let your symptoms linger. Call or click ‘Book Online’ to schedule a visit with Dr. Glaser and his staff right away for an initial consultation to learn about your treatment options.
Glaser Pain Relief Center
Interventional Pain Management Specialist located in Encino, CA
Back surgery changes your anatomy and doesn’t necessarily target pain. One of the adverse effects of back surgery is called failed back surgery syndrome. If you’re experiencing painful symptoms following back surgery, it’s a good idea to see a medical professional. Jeffrey B. Glaser, MD, is a double-board certified pain management physician and anesthesiologist. At his top-rated practice, Glaser Pain Relief Center, Dr. Glaser can help mitigate symptoms of this condition with a variety of proven treatment options. If you are in the San Fernando Valley, Conejo Valley or Greater Los Angeles area, call or click ‘Book Online’ today to schedule an appointment if you’re experiencing significant pain following back surgery.