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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) represents a condition emerging from complications post back or spine surgery. It’s typified by enduring back or leg discomfort that persists after surgical intervention. If you find yourself grappling with recurrent pain following your surgery, FBSS could be the culprit.

Back surgery, even when conducted by top-notch surgeons, can sometimes prove ineffective due to various reasons. Predominantly, instances of unsuccessful back surgery stem from unidentified problems, or because the surgery didn’t address the original source of your pain.

Several contributing factors may include, but are not confined to:

  • Herniated discs
  • Spinal nerve compression
  • Altered joint movements
  • Joint instability due to hypermobility
  • Formation of scar tissue (fibrosis)
  • Weakening of spinal muscles

Certain systemic disorders like diabetes, autoimmune diseases, and peripheral blood vessels (vascular) diseases could predispose you to FBSS. Additionally, tobacco smoking could put you at risk and potentially increase your likelihood of a suboptimal recovery post-surgery.

Dallas Pain Institute provides a comprehensive array of treatment possibilities for FBSS, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Minor nerve blocks
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Behavioral medicine
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) drugs
  • Membrane stabilizers
  • Antidepressants
  • Spinal cord stimulation therapy
  • Intrathecal morphine pump
  • Alternative therapies

Should you endure chronic neck, back, or leg discomfort for weeks following surgery, we recommend scheduling an appointment at Dallas Pain Institute. Don’t let your symptoms persist unchecked. Our physicians will discuss your post-surgical complications, examine your symptoms, and explore the most suitable treatment alternatives to alleviate your pain.