Failed back surgery syndrome risk factors

Failed back surgery syndrome is a general term used to describe any chronic pain and symptoms that develop as a result of a failed back surgery, or the continuation of pain and symptoms that the back surgery did not treat.

While back surgery is a complex operation, there are several risk factors for the development of FBSS that can be avoided. The first and most important step is understanding the type of procedure you are about to undergo.

Generally, traditional open back surgery has a higher rate of failed back surgery syndrome than other forms of surgery, such as minimally invasive spine surgery. This is because the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute is performed through a small incision and does not require any cutting or detachment of the muscles. Unlike the minimally invasive approach taken at Laser Spine Institute, traditional open back surgery uses a large incision that cuts and tears the large muscles that help support the spine. This excess of cutting increases the risk of nerve damage, postoperative complication and infection when compared to the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

Causes of failed back surgery syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome occurs most often in traditional open neck or open back surgeries, and can be brought on by a number of factors, including:

  • Rejection of hardware
  • Formation of scar tissue
  • Remaining bone or disc fragments continuing to press on nerves or other tissue
  • Nerve damage
  • Improperly diagnosed condition
  • Improper treatment
  • Surgery at the incorrect level of the spine
  • Spinal fusion failure
  • And more

Patients diagnosed with failed back surgery syndrome can find relief with the minimally invasive spine surgery at Laser Spine Institute.

We understand that after undergoing a failed back surgery, having another surgery is probably not your first choice of treatment. However, our minimally invasive procedures are safer and effective than traditional open back surgery^ because we only require a small incision and no muscle disruption.

Contact our Care Team today and request a review of your MRI or CT scan to see if you could be a potential candidate for minimally invasive spine surgery. We offer both minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery; our decompression surgery is often used to help treat many causes of failed back surgery syndrome, though our stabilization surgery may be used to help treat severe damage and instability in the spine. It’s time to take the next step toward reclaiming your quality of life.