Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a term used to describe the persistent pain and disability experienced by patients following spinal surgery. Despite advances in surgical techniques, FBSS remains a significant problem, with some studies suggesting that up to 40% of patients will experience persistent pain after spinal surgery. Patients with FBSS often experience chronic pain, reduced mobility, and difficulty performing daily activities.
It is important for patients to have realistic expectations about the potential outcomes of spinal surgery.
If you or somebody you know is having persistent pain after back surgery, call the Pain Management Centers of New England in Newburyport, MA or the Pain Management Center at the Lahey Outpatient in Danvers, MA for your individualized, comprehensive pain management consultation.
Why do I still have Pain after my Spine Surgery?
Failed back surgery can occur for a variety of reasons, including nerve damage, scar tissue formation, and recurrent disc herniation. It is often difficult to determine the exact cause of back pain. In general, low back pain is more difficult to treat with surgery than radicular leg pain. Thus, a particular spine surgery may not have addressed the true cause of the spine pain.
What can I do?
Call us for your comprehensive pain management consultation. Pain management is an essential component of treatment for failed back surgery syndrome, FBSS. Treatment may involve a combination of medication, physical therapy, and other interventions, such as Nevro HFX™ high frequency spinal cord stimulation or nerve blocks.
Dr. Ho, Dr. Branton and Meghan Chase NP will work closely with you and your healthcare providers to develop a comprehensive pain management plan that addresses your unique needs and goals. In many cases, alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, Reike or massage therapy, may be beneficial in managing chronic pain associated with FBSS.
In addition to physical complications, you may be experiencing emotional and psychological distress, which can further exacerbate pain and disability. Psychologic support and cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) are often helpful to restore coping mechanisms and to reduce pain.
With locations in Newburyport, the Lahey Outpatient Center in Danvers, and at Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester, MA, our pain management specialists are available to work with you to reduce your pain.