More information about failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS)

Failed back surgery syndrome is a term used to describe a condition that happens to patients who have undergone back surgery to treat a spine condition and still experience pain and symptoms after the surgery. While FBSS is not very common, it is more likely to occur in patients who have a spine condition caused by an injury. An injury can cause anatomical damage to the spine and surrounding areas, resulting in local and radiating pain. Spine surgery, however, only treats the spine. If there is injury to areas surrounding the spine, the patient might still feel pain and other symptoms after the back surgery is complete.

There are two main types of back surgery performed: decompression and stabilization (fusion). Decompression surgeries have a shorter recovery time^ and lower risk of complication than open back fusion surgeries. In some cases, a fusion surgery does not end in the vertebrae successfully fusing to the implant inserted in the spine. This causes the spine to remain unstable and possibly more pain if the implant is impacting a nerve in the spinal canal.

As you research the risks of back surgery, we want you to keep in mind that Laser Spine Institute offers a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery. Our minimally invasive surgery has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain, and has earned our team a 96 patient satisfaction score^, verified by a third party.

Please take a moment to read through our articles on the risks of traditional open back surgery and failed back surgery syndrome. If you have any questions during your research, please do not hesitate to reach out to a Spine Care Consultant.