Nerve Damage Caused by Back Surgery

Nerve Damage

While the obvious goal of neck or back surgery is to treat or address a spinal abnormality, structures near the site of surgery may be damaged as a result. For example, nerve damage can occur either during surgery or during the recovery process after surgery. Nerve damage caused by spine surgery can result in pain, lack of sensation, limited mobility or flexibility and, in rare instances, damage to major bodily organs. The term failed back surgery syndrome is a generalized term that includes a number of conditions that can arise after spine surgery, including the occurrence of nerve damage.

Any neck or back surgery, in rare cases, may damage spinal nerves. A variety of postoperative complications and symptoms can result when nerves are damaged during spine surgery or recovery, including:

  • Pain, tingling, numbness, spasms and weakness in the neck, shoulders, arms, hands, lower back, hips, legs and/or feet
  • Lack of ability to feel pain
  • In rare and extreme cases in which autonomic nerves are involved, major organs (such as the heart and lungs) can fail to receive nerve signals; this can result in serious health problems

At Laser Spine Institute, we offer a number of state-of-the-art minimally invasive procedures to treat a variety of degenerative spinal conditions. Our procedures are more effective alternatives to traditional open back surgery and have much lower risk of complications.

To learn more about our innovative outpatient procedures that can help you lower the risk of nerve damage following neck or back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We will gladly provide you with your MRI or CT scan review.