Diagnosis of Failed Back Surgery
It takes courage to choose to undergo any type of surgery, even one as safe and effective as surgery for back pain. So when your back pain symptoms do not go away after recovery, it can be stressful and deflating to think that your back surgery may have failed you.
Failed back and neck surgery is uncommon but can occur. There are those with chronic back pain that may not have entire symptom relief, even if the surgery was, at least anatomically, “successful.” But back pain is also complex, and pain can occur (or reoccur) after back surgery has been performed, especially if there were any mistakes by your surgeon.
What to Do if You Still Have Back Pain
If you find that you still have back pain after you have completed surgery, the first step is diagnosing the problem. Call Spine Center Atlanta right away, and let us see what the issue may be.
Although “failed back surgery” implies that the problem is with the surgery itself, spine experts – like those at Spine Center Atlanta – treat the problem as if it is its own new, unique issue, to help us identify exactly what’s happening in your back, and then what we can do to treat it.
Diagnosis for failed back surgery syndrome includes:
- Comprehensive Physical Examination
- Diagnostic Imaging of Your Back and Spine
- Patient Lifestyle Habits Questionnaire
- Comprehensive MRI Review
- An in-depth consultation with our expert spine surgeons (teleconsultations by phone or internet are available)
We’ll also look at the results of the surgery, including issues like scar tissue, and we’ll also look at your back pain from fresh eyes to see if the problems may have been misdiagnosed by the previous surgeon.
We may also be able to spot any mistakes the surgeon may have made with your initial back surgery and, if we can’t find any specific errors, discuss the possible causes of your back pain and the solutions that make the most sense for recovery.
Call Today for Failed Back Surgery Diagnosis
If you only recently recovered from spinal surgery, it may still be too soon to tell if the problem was correctly addressed. But if time has passed and you are still struggling with back pain, it may be that you were one of the unlucky few that suffered from failed back surgery.
The next step is the diagnosis, and figuring out the best possible solutions to reduce your back pain once and for all. For more information, please call Spine Center Atlanta today at (404) 351-5812, and let our team of skilled spinal surgeons determine what may be happening with your pain.