Failed back surgery treatments are measures prescribed by physicians to help ease the pain and other side effects that can occur after traditional open spine surgery has failed.
Experiencing the failure of neck or back surgery is a huge disappointment for a patient. Those who have undergone traditional open spine surgery expect relief from pain, restored mobility and flexibility and a return to a normal lifestyle. Sometimes, however, conventional spine surgery does not alleviate pain and other symptoms, and may even increase a patient’s discomfort.
Treatments that physicians may prescribe to alleviate the symptoms of failed back surgery include, but are not limited to:
- Physical therapy
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
- Non-steroidal, over-the-counter, anti-inflammatory medications, such as ibuprofen and acetaminophen
- Exercise and stretching
- Epidural steroidal injections
- Hot and cold compresses
If none of these treatments are effective and suffering after traditional open-spine surgery continues, failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) may be the cause. FBSS is a general term used to describe symptoms of any failed neck or back surgery.
Symptoms of failed back surgery can include:
- Chronic pain or persistent and dull aches in the neck, arms, lower back or leg(s)
- Development of new pain and aches
- Pain or tingling that radiates from the neck to the arms and hands, or from the lower back to the legs and toes
- Hyper-mobility or instability in joints
- Degeneration and weakening of spinal muscles
- Pain resulting from postoperative scar tissue formation
- Depression, anxiety, sleeplessness
- Numbness in the neck, arms, lower back or leg(s)
If conventional treatments for failed back surgery have not worked for you, contact Laser Spine Institute. We can review your case to ascertain whether one of our minimally invasive procedures are a possible solution to your continued pain. Contact Laser Spine Institute for answers to your questions and for your MRI or CT scan review.