Exploring Treatments for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Understanding Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome, also known as FBSS, is a chronic condition that affects patients who underwent an unsuccessful spine surgery that resulted in more pain. Unfortunately, this condition is not uncommon and affects a percentage of patients who opt to undergo spine surgery in hopes of repairing a damaged or painful spine. There are a few reasons that FBSS might develop after spine surgery, typically due to misdiagnosis or just an unsuccessful surgery. 

This condition is incredibly frustrating for patients, as the thought of seeking additional treatment after undergoing spine surgery can be overwhelming. Failed back surgery syndrome can manifest symptoms of heightened back pain, stabbing or shooting sensations, limited mobility, and back spasms. Patients may also experience recurrent herniated discs, scar tissue formation at the surgical site, spinal instability, or nerve damage. These symptoms can significantly impact a patient’s quality of life and ability to perform daily activities. Patients who experience these symptoms after an operation should promptly consult their surgeon so they can discuss potential reasons for these symptoms. If it turns out that the patient has FBSS, they should consult with their surgeon and others to get multiple opinions. 

Conservative Treatment Options for Patients with Chronic Pain

Upon meeting with multiple spine surgeons after an FBSS diagnosis, patients are typically recommended to begin a treatment plan that consists of conservative therapies. This generally involves a combination of pain medications for pain management and physical therapy to improve mobility and strengthen abdominal muscles to improve stability. Oftentimes, patients can experience some pain relief and can avoid the potential of additional surgery. However, in cases where these therapies are ineffective, patients may consider the idea of surgery for failed back surgery syndrome. 

When Does Surgical Intervention Become Medically Necessary?

Candidates for failed back surgery syndrome surgery typically try a course of conservative therapies first. At BEST Health System, our doctors work closely with patients to help them understand their options. Patients can choose to undergo a correctional procedure that intends to fix the underlying issue, but sometimes this comes with additional risks. There are also pain management options that help patients live a happy and comfortable lifestyle. Depending on the patient’s age, health, and lifestyle, the patient and their doctor will make a joint decision about which path is best.  

Spinal Cord Stimulator Trials with BEST Health System

BEST Health System offers spinal cord stimulator devices for patients suffering from chronic pain as a result of failed back surgery syndrome. SCS devices work by blocking pain signals from reaching the brain, resulting in a more comfortable life. A trial with BEST allows patients the opportunity to try the device before committing to surgical implantation. Spinal cord stimulators can help patients alleviate 70% of the chronic pain they experience due to their condition. 

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Treatment with BEST

The team at BEST Health System is proud to offer modern solutions to chronic, debilitating pain. We understand how certain conditions can prevent individuals from living a fulfilling lifestyle, and we have witnessed the benefits that spinal cord stimulation therapy brings. If you have recently been diagnosed with failed back surgery syndrome or another chronic pain condition, contact us today. It is time to get back to the comfortable lifestyle you deserve.