Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Understanding Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a condition that develops as the result of an unsuccessful spine surgery. Patients may recognize they have this condition if they continue to experience significant back pain months after they have recovered from their procedure. Oftentimes, the pain associated with FBSS is more severe than the initial back injury that warranted surgery. 

There are a few reasons why a spine surgery might be unsuccessful and cause failed back surgery syndrome. First, surgery could fail if the patient is incorrectly diagnosed, making the surgical approach ineffective and increases the potential of injury. Second, spine surgery could fail if the surgeon fails to correct the origin of the problem. The success or failure of a spine surgery is entirely dependent on the doctor and their dedication to careful and detailed diagnostics and an experienced surgery team. It is very important that patients are thorough when researching their surgeons to prevent the development of a condition like failed back surgery syndrome.

Common FBSS Symptoms

Depending on the specific issue, patients may experience various symptoms. It is important to be able to recognize the symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome so you know if you have it. The most common and recognizable indicator of FBSS is chronic back pain. Depending on the area of the spine that was operated on, this pain can manifest in the cervical, thoracic, or lumbar spine. Generally, lumbar (lower) spine pain is the most common region for chronic back pain since it supports the weight of the entire spine and upper body. 

Other symptoms include muscle weakness, numbness or tingling in the extremities, limited mobility, and difficulties with activities of daily living. These symptoms may result from failed fusion, nerve damage, scar tissue formation, infection, hardware failure, or improper diagnosis and treatment. If you experience any of these symptoms, patients should consult their doctor so they can promptly devise a treatment plan that supports rehabilitation.

Making Lifestyle Adjustments to Support a Healthy Spine

After a failed back surgery syndrome diagnosis, it is imperative to make significant lifestyle adjustments to support a healthy spine and prevent further complications. These adjustments may include maintaining a healthy weight through proper diet and regular exercise to reduce strain on the spine, practicing good posture at all times, avoiding activities that exacerbate pain or discomfort, and engaging in targeted physical therapy exercises as recommended by healthcare professionals. 

Additionally, implementing stress-reducing techniques such as yoga or meditation can help alleviate muscle tension and promote overall spinal health. Furthermore, staying diligent with follow-up appointments with healthcare providers, undergoing alternative treatment options like acupuncture or chiropractic care, and staying informed on the latest advancements in spinal health can also play a crucial role in managing failed back surgery syndrome effectively.

Conservative Therapies for Patients with FBSS

After a failed back surgery syndrome diagnosis, your doctor will typically begin recommending conservative therapies. These conservative approaches may include physical therapy, chiropractic care, acupuncture, and medication management. Physical therapy can help strengthen the muscles around the spine, improve flexibility, and correct postural imbalances that contribute to ongoing pain. Chiropractic care focuses on realigning the spine and alleviating nerve compression caused by scar tissue or misaligned vertebrae. 

Spinal Cord Stimulator Therapy with BEST Health System

Spinal cord stimulator therapy is an excellent option for patients who have been diagnosed with failed back surgery syndrome. This involves using a surgically implanted device that consists of a stimulator and leads that deliver tiny pulses to specific nerves. This prevents pain signals from reaching the brain. This therapy is an excellent option for patients with FBSS who do not want to undergo another spinal surgery.

BEST Health System is a modern ambulatory surgery center offering premier surgical options to patients. We understand that chronic pain is often overlooked in medical settings, but we are passionate about changing this. Schedule your appointment today.