Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) overview

If you are living with chronic neck and back pain, you may hope to find a treatment that will help you live and work again, in a life without pain. The idea that back surgery could fail can be very unsettling. Failed back surgery syndrome (FBBS) is a term used to describe a spine surgery that fails to reduce symptoms, leads to new symptoms or increases a patient’s pain and discomfort. This condition has a number of potential causes, including surgical error and misdiagnosis.

Unfortunately, it can be impossible to predict post-surgery symptoms that develop along the spine. In some cases, additional degenerative changes occur in the spine following surgery. Regardless of the exact cause of failed back surgery syndrome, this condition is certainly the worst-case scenario for those that undergo neck and back surgery. Read on to learn about how to reduce your chances of experiencing FBBS and the minimally invasive alternatives available at Laser Spine Institute.

Reduce your chances of failed back surgery syndrome

While a surgeon will always do his or her best to reduce the chances of failed back surgery syndrome, you can take action to avoid or at least reduce the likelihood of developing this condition through the following methods:

  • Choose your surgeon carefully. Do your research, get a second or third opinion, read online reviews and ask friends and family members for advice to find the best possible surgeon in your area. While FBSS can develop regardless of the quality of surgeon, vetting your surgeon is still a good first step.
  • Always follow your surgeon’s instructions. Before your procedure, your surgeon will give you detailed instructions on how to prepare for surgery. You should follow these instructions closely in the days and weeks leading up to the operation to help avoid FBSS. Once the procedure is complete, the surgeon will also be very clear about what you can do to accelerate the healing process and what activities should be avoided. These instructions are essential in the recovery process.
  • Consider minimally invasive spine surgery. Traditional open spine surgery comes with a much higher risk for FBSS because of the nature of the surgery. However, the minimally invasive spine surgery offered at Laser Spine Institute is a safer and effective alternative to traditional open spine procedures.^

Consider minimally invasive spine surgery

If you are worried that you could develop failed back surgery syndrome, we invite you to consider the minimally invasive spine surgery performed at Laser Spine Institute. Our board-certified surgeons+ treat a variety of severe spine conditions using minimally invasive decompression surgery and minimally invasive stabilization surgery. As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, we are proud to have helped more than 75,000 patients find relief since 2005.

Our outpatient procedures carry a reduced risk of infection and complication compared to traditional procedures.^ In addition, our surgical techniques use a small incision and move your muscles, instead of unnecessarily cutting them, so your muscles are spared during surgery. Our goal is to help you recover quickly so that you can get back to work and your daily activities. Please contact a member of our team with any questions or concerns you may have about our procedures.

Reach out to Laser Spine Institute today for a no-cost MRI review* to determine if you are a potential candidate for our minimally invasive spine surgery. We are here to help guide you through your journey to wellness.