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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

About Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) is a general term that is used to describe the condition patients suffer from when they have not had a successful result with surgery on the spine. FBSS describes the chronic back, neck, arm or leg pain that fails to respond to surgery or returns following a period of relief following surgery. Many factors can affect the results of spine surgery. It is possible that the “pain generator” addressed by your back surgery wasn’t the only one causing your pain symptoms and that other pain generators have not been adequately treated. Sometimes, surgery causes scar tissue which can entrap nerves at the operative site resulting in the return of arm and leg symptoms for which the surgery was originally performed. Fusion surgery where two spinal segments are fused together can, over time, cause painful degeneration at the disc levels above or below the fusion level resulting in the return of back and neck pain.

Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

The most common symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome include familiar diffuse aching pain involving the back and neck that may be chronically dull with episodes of sharp stabbing, intense pain with activity. A throbbing ‘toothache-like’ pain in the arm or leg that is associated with tingling, numbness and weakness is common.

Traditional Treatment for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Sometimes it might be possible for some patients to get pain relief from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome with modification and restriction of physical activities along with physical therapy to help you build strength and flexibility. For others, facet joint injections or repeat epidural injections may be helpful in minimizing the discomfort and pain. Back braces can be helpful to lessen pain during strenuous activity but are rarely helpful and are poorly tolerated in day-to-day activity. Repeat surgery can be helpful for arm and leg pain especially from recurrent disc protrusions but rarely, if ever, provide relief for persistent back or neck pain.

To learn more and get help for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome please Schedule an Appointment with Regenerative Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Specialist Daniel Southern, M.D. in Danbury or Wilton in Fairfield County Connecticut by calling 203-456-5717.

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