Possible causes of failed back surgery syndrome

Researching failed back surgery syndrome causes? Laser Spine Institute has answers.

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) affects many patients who have undergone traditional open neck and back surgeries. FBSS is not a syndrome, but a general term encompassing many conditions resulting from unsuccessful spine surgeries. Failed back surgery syndrome is defined as a neck or back surgery that failed to alleviate the patient’s original problem, increases the pain and symptoms of an existing condition or creates new problems and accompanying pain.

Possible causes of failed back surgery syndrome include:

  • An incorrect initial diagnosis of a patient’s original condition
  • Administering improper or incorrect surgical treatment(s) for the condition
  • Performing surgery at an incorrect level or location on the spine
  • Failure of spinal fusion surgery — this type of surgery treats the bones, or vertebrae, of the spine by fusing two or more vertebrae with bone grafts, metal rods and screws
  • Fusion surgery that has transferred problems to another level of the spine, causing a new source of degeneration and pain
  • Fragment of disc or bone still pinching a nerve
  • Hardware insertion
  • Scar tissue formation that impinges on a nerve root
  • Inadequate decompression of a nerve root
  • Preoperative nerve damage that does not heal after surgery, or nerve damage occurring during surgery

Unfortunately, traditional open back surgery does risk resulting in failed back surgery symptom. Many of our patients at Laser Spine Institute have suffered ineffective traditional open back surgeries in the past, and have turned to us for a safer and effective alternative to traditional open back surgery.

If you have undergone traditional open back surgery, and you are concerned that you may have developed failed back surgery syndrome, take a moment to review the symptoms associated with this condition.

Symptoms of FBSS are wide-ranging, and can include:

  • Continued chronic pain
  • Pain above or below the treated level of the spine
  • Inability to recuperate quickly or at all
  • Restricted mobility and flexibility
  • Sharp, stabbing back pain
  • Pain radiating from the back to the legs
  • Back spasms
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Potential dependence on drugs prescribed for pain treatment

If you are experiencing these symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome, you may find pain relief from the minimally invasive procedures at Laser Spine Institute. Our commitment to medical advancement and patient-centered care has earned us the title of leader in minimally invasive surgery. To date, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck and back pain, and we are confident that we can help treat your failed back surgery syndrome.

For more information about our procedures and how we might be able to help you, please contact our Care Team today.