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Failed Back Surgery

What is Failed Back Surgery?

Traditional open back surgery is a common procedure designed to treat a number of different injuries and ailments. Unfortunately, about 40% of these surgeries and not completely successful and result in patients experiencing “failed back surgery syndrome.”

This essentially means that the patient continues to experience chronic back pain and other symptoms after their surgical treatment.

Causes of Failed Back Surgery

So, what causes the symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome? There are a number of different situations that can cause these symptoms. Common causes include:

  • Failure to properly diagnose the original pain condition
  • Failure for the spine to heal after fusion
  • Spinal implant failure
  • Formation of scar tissue
  • Failure to decompress the nerve root during surgery

When issues like this happen during surgery, it can lead to ongoing symptoms associated with failed back surgery.

Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery

When back surgery does not alleviate the original problem, patients may experience a number of symptoms, including:

  • Continued chronic pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Spasms
  • Sharp or stabbing pain in the arms and legs
  • Inability to heal

And more. There is also a risk for post-surgical patients to develop a dependency of prescription drugs to control their pain, which can have serious repercussions.

Treating Failed Back Surgery

There is nothing as frustrating as going through a full back surgery only to find it didn’t work and you are still in pain. So, what are the treatment options for individuals who have experienced this type of failure? Pain treatment options including steroid injections and spinal cord stimulation may help.

Working with a pain specialist such as those here at Principal Spine can help you get on the right track and help you find a customized treatment plan that will work for your back pain.

We are Accepting New Patients

Our pain management doctors are accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment, please call our Carrollton clinic at (972) 316-7270 or our Denton clinic at (940) 222-8943.