Spinal Fusion Failure

Spinal Fusion Failure

When evaluating the success rate of any surgical procedure, it is very important to agree upon the basis of success. When discussing spinal fusion surgery for example, the surgeon may claim a very high success rate meaning that boney fusion was attained. The patient, however, means what is the likelihood that symptoms will completely disappear. Spinal fusion failure from the patient’s perspective is not high, but from the surgeon’s perspective may be very high indeed. From the perspective of symptom disappearance spinal fusion failure may be due to:

Spinal fusion failure occurs when:

  • Surrounding vertebrae/discs develop problems
  • The fusion fails to take
  • Metal implants, or hardware, break
  • Bone grafts are rejected
  • A patient experiences severe infection or other post-surgery complications
  • Excessive scar tissue forms
  • A patient has unusual internal bleeding or blood clots

Symptoms include:

  • Continued, chronic back and/or neck pain
  • Dull, aching back and/or neck pain or stabbing pain
  • Numbness
  • Instability
  • Tingling in the back and/or neck that radiates to the shoulders, arms, and hands, or legs, thighs, and feet

If your spinal fusion surgery fails, your condition may classified as one of several post-surgery problems encompassed by the general term, Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS).

If you suffer from spinal fusion failure or any other type of failed back surgery, contact Laser Spine Institute, offering minimally invasive procedures for a range of back and neck problems, including problems associated with spinal fusion failure. Contact Laser Spine Institute today for a consultation with our trained staff and a review of your MRI or CT scan.