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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

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Failed Back
Surgery Syndrome

What is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

As technology and approaches to spinal surgery become more advanced, studies have shown that spinal surgery is more effective than ever. When indicated for the right patient, spinal surgery changes the spinal anatomy so that pain and other symptoms can be alleviated. However, as with all surgeries, there is a small number of patients where surgery may not be successful.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) is a term used to describe a spinal procedure that was unsuccessful in alleviating pain or has lead to new symptoms that were not present prior to surgery. FBSS is not a specific syndrome but refers to patients who have not received relief from spinal surgery. In most cases, the cause of FBSS is one of the following:

  • The previous surgery did not adequately decompress the spinal nerve or spinal cord
  • An improperly placed spinal implant or piece of hardware is compressing a spinal nerve or spinal cord
  • Scar tissue buildup after surgery is compressing a spinal nerve or spinal cord

How is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Treated at The Spine Institute of Louisiana?

The treatment for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is best based on the underlying cause of your symptoms. Your Spine Institute of Louisiana Spine Specialist will work with you to find the cause of FBSS and discuss the most appropriate treatment options.

Common treatment options for FBSS include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Spinal injections
  • Revision surgery or removal of implants
  • Operating on affected adjacent segments of the spine

Make an Appointment with a Spine Institute of Louisiana Spine Specialist Today

  • If you have been experiencing the symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Spine Specialists.
  • We will evaluate your unique lifestyle and goals to determine which type of treatment is best for you.
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