How to Recognize Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

What is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

Failed back surgery syndrome, also known as FBSS,  is any pain or discomfort that continues, develops, or increases after spine surgery. This can occur from a failed spinal fusion due to excessive scar tissue or other complications related to traditional open-back surgery. Failed back surgery symptoms are not always simple to identify.

This is especially true during the initial stages of recovery after back surgery because a certain amount of stiffness and inflammation at the incision site is expected after surgery. Before you begin your recovery period, consult your surgeon about what to expect so you can better recognize failed back surgery syndrome symptoms. Continue reading to learn more about how to detect this condition and the alternatives available for relief.

How to Differentiate Symptoms

Understanding the difference between normal postoperative soreness and failed back surgery syndrome could help you find pain relief faster. While only a physician or spine care specialist can diagnose failed back surgery syndrome, there are certain indicators you can look for to help you determine when you should consult a doctor about your symptoms.

Keep in mind that rehabilitation or physical therapy may cause additional pain or discomfort. In general, what you should not expect is a continuation or intensification of the symptoms you experienced before the operation. It may be time to question the effectiveness of the surgery if chronic pain is still present months after surgery. You should report Any change in symptoms to your medical team.

Minimally Invasive Surgical Alternatives

Oftentimes, patients with failed back surgery syndrome can find temporary relief from conservative and alternative therapies. However, if you are still experiencing chronic pain after this, you may be a candidate for additional surgery. 

Our minimally invasive spine surgery can relieve pressure on the pinched nerve root in your spine through a decompression surgery or stabilization surgery. A surgeon will perform both procedures through a small incision without disrupting the muscles surrounding the spine. For this reason, our surgeries offer a lower risk of complication and a shorter recovery period compared to traditional methods.
If you are suffering from failed back surgery syndrome, contact BEST Health System. We can help you get back to the active lifestyle you enjoy with our minimally invasive spine surgery.