FBSS: Results of unsuccessful back surgery
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, which is also known as FBSS, is every bit as serious as its name implies. Back surgery, especially surgery performed to relieve pain in the lower back due to a degenerative spine condition, has become one of the most common types of surgical procedures performed in the United States. That doesn’t mean that these procedures are always successful, however.
Consequences of FBSS
Sometimes, the surgical procedure simply doesn’t eliminate the symptoms it was intended to improve. In other cases, surgical complications, including infection and nerve damage, can actually make the original issue worse. Either of these outcomes is classified as FBSS, which can be incredibly discouraging for a patient seeking relief from his or her spinal stenosis, herniated discs or other degenerative spinal conditions. Without a viable solution to FBSS, these patients are forced to think about how they’ll continue working through the pain, with many of them having to take leave from work rather than returning to their positions. When combined with the ongoing need for pain medications, even everyday life can seem overwhelming.
In the face of all these complications, patients can take solace in the fact that there are now other FBSS solutions available that do not involve more highly invasive surgery.
Based on the studies published to date by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the only scientifically defendable statement that can be made about the incidence of failed back surgery syndrome is that its likelihood increases with the invasiveness of the spinal surgery that was performed. Currently, the least invasive form of spine surgery is minimally invasive spine surgery, such as the procedures performed at Laser Spine Institute, to treat degenerative spine conditions.
At Laser Spine Institute, our knowledgeable physicians can address the specific issues confronting each patient through careful diagnosis, and our surgeons can treat those issues using advanced, minimally invasive surgical procedures. We offer multiple minimally invasive decompression and stabilization procedures — all of which can be performed with smaller incisions, minimal scarring and lower rates of infection and complication than traditional open spine procedures. Our minimally invasive spine surgery patients receive a streamlined experience, allowing them to avoid hospital-related costs and return to their lives and the things they enjoy as quickly as possible.
If you are experiencing FBSS after surgery, we understand your frustration and want to help. Contact Laser Spine Institute today to learn more about FBSS and the options we provide to treat it.