Your back plays a critical role in support and movement. When something happens to your back (including injury, a herniated disc, degenerative disc disease, or some other issue or illness), it can lead to chronic pain, along with numbness and tingling in the extremities, reduced range of motion, and more.
There may come a time when the only appropriate treatment is back surgery. But not all back surgeries are successful. Many patients find that, after recovering from back surgery, they still experience pain, discomfort, and many of the same problems they experienced before surgery. This is known as “failed back surgery” or “failed back surgery syndrome.”
All Back Surgeries Risk Failure
Every type of back surgery has a risk of failure. This failure can be due to any number of reasons. Spinal fusions, some of the most common back surgery procedures performed in the United States, have a notable failure rate when performed by spine surgeons. Learn more about failed spinal fusion here.
Yet all forms of back surgery have a failure risk, including:
The failure can be caused by any number of different issues. In the case of microdiscectomy, for example, one of the most common causes is simply the recurrence of the herniated disc. For both vertebroplasty and kyphoplasty, the most common causes were infection, progressive kyphosis (rounding of the back), and simply misdiagnosis.
Each failed back surgery procedure has to be reviewed independently to identify the possible causes, ideally by a specialist experienced in identifying causes of pain after back surgery – those that have worked specifically with this population, and have an understanding about what is needed in order to correctly identify and address failed back surgery syndrome.
Treatment For Failed Back Surgery Pain
Spine Center Atlanta is a nationally recognized leader in failed back surgery treatment, including both non-surgical and surgical interventions. Led by Dr. James L Chappuis, we will thoroughly examine why your back surgery failed, and try to determine what solution – surgical or non-surgical – will effectively treat it. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please call us today at 404-351-5812.