Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
Treatment for Failed Back Surgery in Clearwater
Failed back surgery is a generalized term used to describe the condition of patients who have not had a successful result with spine surgery and have experienced continued pain afterward. Chronic pain is ongoing or prolonged pain caused by an illness or injury. The medical definition of chronic pain is pain that has lasted for six months or longer. Pain specialists realize that many chronic pain conditions have no cure, so they focus on ways to manage the pain. No single treatment works best for everyone so a progression of therapies can be used until pain relief is reached.
We understand how unsettling and frustrating it can be to still feel pain after undergoing surgery. As unwilling as you may be to go back to a doctor, there are spine specialists who can help. The silver lining of failed back surgery is that it reveals even more about the condition of your spine and the true cause of back pain. This can make a significant difference in your long-term recovery.
Call a medical team you can trust. Reach out to our spine surgeons in Clearwater today at (727) 300-2537.
Why Did My Back Surgery Fail?
Back pain is notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. This is why surgery is almost always used only as a last resort. It’s important to find out what’s causing the pain so that an appropriate treatment plan is created. Unfortunately, even when the direct cause is diagnosed, back surgery can still fail. This may because the original problem reoccurred or the surgery itself put more pressure on other parts of the spine that were already weakened.
Your doctor may order imaging tests such as an X-ray, MRI, or CT scan to examine the surgical area and find out if there is lingering spinal damage.
Treatment for Failed Back Surgery
This sometimes involves undergoing another surgery, but in many cases patients can experience pain relief with noninvasive treatments like physical therapy and nerve blocks. When surgery is required, minimally invasive procedures that use smaller incisions and result in faster healing, are often recommended.
Some common follow-up surgeries include:
- Spinal fusion
- Sacroiliac joint fusion
- Facet joint rhizotomy
- Sacroiliac joint rhizotomy
- Decompression surgery
The right treatment will depend on the specific condition of each patient. We work closely with our patients to create a treatment plan that is effective and meets their personal expectations.
Schedule your appointment at Comprehensive Spine Institute in Clearwater today.