What should I do if I think I have failed back surgery syndrome?

The sense of disappointment that accompanies failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) can be emotionally devastating. For many who undergo a traditional open spine surgery, they hope to experience immediate relief from their spine pain and discomfort. In the case of a highly invasive surgery like traditional fusion, it takes time for the incisions to heal and the healing process often takes longer for some patients than for others.

When patients don’t improve within the first few months after surgery or if chronic neck or back pain continues to be debilitating, it is time to address the possibility that you may, in fact, be experiencing symptoms of FBSS. To learn about the next steps if you believe that you are suffering from failed back surgery syndrome, read the following article.

Starting over from failed back surgery syndrome

The first thing to do if you think you have FBSS is to consult your doctor. He or she will likely perform examinations and tests similar to those performed when you first became concerned that chronic pain was having an adverse effect on your quality of life. You will also be asked whether you have followed postoperative instructions strictly.

It is crucial to follow instructions carefully to give your surgical wounds the best chance to heal correctly. Acknowledging deviations from prescribed physical therapy or other postoperative procedures can also help your doctor determine a potential cause for your FBSS. Chances are, before considering another surgical procedure, you will be asked to undergo many of the same conservative treatments that were used before your surgery, including:

  • Physical therapy
  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Epidural steroidal injections
  • Low-impact exercises
  • Hot and cold compresses

The minimally invasive alternative

One way to avoid FBSS associated with unsuccessful spinal fusion is to contact Laser Spine Institute before settling for traditional open neck or back surgery. The board-certified surgeons+ at Laser Spine Institute treat degenerative spine conditions such as herniated discs with minimally invasive procedures that can help you find relief from neck and back pain.

At Laser Spine Institute, we have helped more than 75,000 patients find lasting relief since 2005, setting us apart as the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery. Reach out to our dedicated team today for your free MRI review* to see if you are a candidate for our surgery. We are here to help guide you on your journey to wellness.