Procedures to help avoid failed back surgery syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a term describing new or returning symptoms that can develop due to complications associated with spine surgery. Since any type of surgical procedure, especially spine surgery, carries some degree of risk, there is no way to completely avoid FBSS. However, by becoming more informed about how this condition can occur and the surgical options available that offer a reduced risk of complication, you can make a more confident decision about your care if you are seriously considering spine surgery.

How FBSS can develop

FBSS, a painful, chronic and medically complex condition, can result from any neck and back surgeries, including traditional open spine procedures.

Spine surgery is typically designed to decompress a pinched nerve root and potentially stabilize a degenerated vertebral segment. Whether traditional open neck or back surgery is used to treat injury or natural age-related conditions, surgery can fail to relieve pain. In some cases, spinal surgery can even cause new and different neck and back pain. The term FBSS encompasses the continued problems and pain associated with failed neck and back surgeries caused by issues like improper diagnosis, surgical site infection and bone graft rejection.

Advantages of minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute

To help patients avoid FBSS, as well as patients who require follow-up surgery, Laser Spine Institute provides minimally invasive spine surgery that offers the following advantages:

  • A less than 1-inch incision
  • An outpatient procedure
  • No lengthy recovery^
  • Board-certified surgeons+
  • Less risk of complication compared to traditional procedures^

Laser Spine Institute’s procedures offer an alternative to traditional open spine surgery that has helped more than 75,000 patients since 2005. We have state-of-the-art outpatient centers located across the United States where we offer both minimally invasive decompression and minimally invasive stabilization procedures. Contact our caring and dedicated team today to learn more.

You can ask for your free MRI or CT scan review* to help you find out if you are a potential candidate for one of our outpatient procedures.