Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

One of the most common health complaints among the global population is lower back pain. Although surgery can seem like the last best hope, in some cases, the procedure doesn’t help or even makes things worse. This increasingly common challenge is called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) or post-laminectomy syndrome. The FBSS can be caused by spinal fusion surgery or a discectomy.

Reasons why your back still hurts may include:

  • New symptoms following the surgery
  • Complications causing the spine to heal incorrectly, resulting in pain
  • Despite the procedure, there are still a few issues left to address in your back
  • Infection
  • Nerve injury
  • Hematoma formation

If you still feel the pain, and it seems like you’re right back where you started, the key lies in diagnosing and recognizing it early enough to address any symptoms before worsening.

The standard pain-relieving methods include:

  • Regenerative medicine – By releasing growth factors into the damaged area to enhance repair with stem cells, platelets, and amniotic tissue, regenerative medicine can help your pain disappear.
  • Spinal cord stimulation – Specialists use neuromodulation devices to change the activity of the nerves in your back.
  • Microdosing – A pain pump is implanted beneath your skin and filled with pain medicine, delivering a dose of medication regularly.
  • Mild® procedure – Small fragments of bone in your spine are removed to relieve the pressure of your back nerves.

If you experience chronic pain following the back surgery, schedule an appointment at Space City Pain to address your issues.