Four common misconceptions about failed back surgery syndrome surgery

Failed back surgery syndrome surgery is surgery used to treat a patient whose initial neck or back surgery was unsuccessful. While some initial discomfort is to be expected following neck or back surgery, individuals with failed back surgery syndrome experience new or worsening symptoms following their procedure. A second surgery may then be necessary to address these additional complications.

Common misconceptions about failed back surgery syndrome surgery

If your physician has recommended you undergo failed back surgery syndrome surgery, you may have questions about your condition and why an additional surgery is your best option. While your physician can provide you with information regarding your unique situation, Laser Spine Institute can provide some information regarding the common misconceptions about failed back surgery syndrome surgery:

  1. Surgery is the only way to treat FBSS. While surgery is sometimes recommended to treat failed back surgery syndrome, it is usually only done so after other methods of nonsurgical treatment have been exhausted.
  2. If surgery didn’t work for me once, it won’t work for me again. While there are a number of factors that can cause a back surgery to fail. Many of these can be avoided or addressed during a follow-up operation.
  3. There is only one procedure used to treat failed back surgery syndrome. Actually, there are a number of surgical procedures used to treat FBSS. The specific one recommended to you will depend on your individual condition and various factors including your overall health.
  4. There is a lengthy recovery period associated with failed back surgery syndrome surgery. While some surgical procedures used to treat FBSS do have lengthy recovery times, there are some minimally invasive approaches that allow the patient to be up and walking on the same day as their surgery.^

Failed back surgery syndrome surgery at Laser Spine Institute

At Laser Spine Institute, our board-certified surgeons+ perform minimally invasive outpatient procedures for patients seeking relief from the painful symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome. As what is often the clinically appropriate first choice, our procedures offer many advantages over traditional open neck or back surgery, including a reduced recovery time, lower risk of infection and lower risk of other complications.^ If you have been advised to consider failed back surgery syndrome surgery and would like to find out if you are a candidate for minimally invasive outpatient surgery at Laser Spine Institute, contact us today.