Failed Back Surgery Syndrome – Three Questions to Consider

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Overview

If you’re considering having a follow-up surgery to address failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), it means you’re familiar with the issues and concerns that come with this decision. Just like your original surgery you should be as informed as possible before you agree to have another spine procedure performed. Consider asking the following questions to any prospective surgeon to help in your decision-making process. 

1. Why Should I Consider Another Operation to Address FBSS

If the first surgery wasn’t able to relieve your pain, it can be tough to understand why surgery might be suggested again. In fact, before undergoing another surgery, patients should try conservative options to relieve any symptoms related to FBSS. But like the original cause for surgery, these methods don’t always provide relief from symptoms. In this case, another surgery may provide the best opportunity for relief from their symptoms. 

2. What Surgical Options Are Available

If a physician has suggested a secondary surgery to treat your FBSS, be sure to ask which procedure they recommended and if there is a minimally invasive option that should also be considered. Minimally invasive spine surgery uses a smaller incision and muscle-sparing techniques, addressing many of the risks for complications that lead to FBSS. 

3. What Kind of an Outcome Can I Expect

The predicted outcome of surgery depends on many factors. Such as the type of surgery involved, the cause of FBSS, and your overall health. For this reason, it’s essential to ask for an idea of what you personally can expect from your prognosis. You may want to ask your surgeon a number of questions. These can include expected recovery time, your prospect for potential resolution symptoms, and other predictions following the surgery.

Minimally Invasive Surgery at BEST Health System

BEST Health System is the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery and our procedure can treat FBSS on an outpatient basis. As well as with less risk of complication and a shorter recovery time. In comparison to traditional open neck or back surgery, minimally invasive is a much better option. 

Contact us today to see if you are a potential candidate for one of our procedures.