Individuals considering spinal surgery who are concerned about Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) should note that FBSS may be prevented. Accurate diagnosis is fundamental to prevention of all surgical complications including FBSS. FBSS is a term used to describe the outcome of one or more spinal operations that have not successfully relieved a patient of his or her back symptoms. Surgeons are not solely responsible for positive surgical outcomes. Patients should educate themselves with the assistance of healthcare professionals concerning the potential risks, benefits, and alternative treatments of all medical conditions. Except when required to preserve life, all surgeries are elective. Do not make hasty decisions about elective surgeries. Ask questions. Patients are also responsible for compliance with instructions given.
Common Causes of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
FBSS can take many different forms. It may present as a return of chronic symptoms, reduced mobility, increased levels of pain, or the inability to fully recuperate. Causes also vary, and can include the following:
- Initial misdiagnosis
- Formation of scar tissue after surgery
- Nerve damage or muscle trauma during surgery
- Rejection of hardware (spinal fusions) or prosthetics (artificial disc replacement)
Ways to Prevent Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
You may be surprised to know that there are several ways to prevent Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, including:
- Get second and third opinions on diagnoses
- Always attempt conservative treatment methods before spine surgery
- If surgery is necessary, opt for minimally invasive procedures
- Become mobile again soon after surgery
- Avoid procedures that utilize hardware, grafts, or prosthetics
Treatments for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
If you believe you may be suffering from FBSS or if you are considering spinal surgery for the first time, contact the orthopedic experts at Laser Spine Institute. Our minimally invasive, outpatient procedures are performed using endoscopic technology. These laser-assisted techniques offer a welcome alternative to the risks and lengthy recovery periods of traditional surgeries. Call or email us today for a complimentary review of your MRI or CT scan, or for more information about Failed Back Surgery Syndrome prevention.