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Failed Back Surgery services offered in Atlanta, Savannah, Conyers, Augusta, Macon and Decatur, GA

While most people experience significant pain relief after spine surgery, about 15% will have ongoing pain, a condition called failed back surgery. If your symptoms don’t improve after surgery, the experienced team at Spine Center Atlanta can help. After reviewing your surgery and identifying the cause of your symptoms, they create a tailored care plan that targets the problem and eases your pain. To schedule an appointment, call one of the seven offices in Atlanta, Savannah, Conyers, Augusta, Macon, and Decatur, Georgia, or book an in-person or telemedicine appointment online today.

What is failed back surgery?

Failed back surgery means you still have back and/or extremity pain after having surgery to repair the condition responsible for your symptoms.

You may have failed back surgery if your pain:

  • Doesn’t improve after surgery
  • Improves after surgery but recurs
  • Improves but you still have some symptoms

The pain of failed back surgery may return in weeks, months, or years.

What causes failed back surgery?

Failed back surgery doesn’t mean anything went wrong during your surgery or that the surgery wasn’t necessary. You can develop ongoing pain for many reasons:

Overworked muscles

Your ongoing pain may arise from muscle spasms and myofascial pain.

Post-surgery complications

You may develop an infection or excessive scar tissue, which prevents healing and leaves you with ongoing pain. If you had hardware implanted (rods, screws), the hardware could come loose or fail.

New degeneration or disease

Repairing one problem doesn’t stop another back condition from developing. The biomechanics of your spine may change as a result of surgery, accelerating degenerative changes. It’s also possible to have recurrent stenosis (spinal canal narrowing) after decompression surgery.

Adjacent segment disease

Adjacent segment disease occurs after a spinal fusion. In this condition, the treated vertebral segment is fine, but the segments above or below it develop degenerative disease.

Surgery didn’t repair all problems

Your procedure may successfully repair one problem, but didn’t correct another existing condition. It’s possible a spine condition went undiagnosed prior to surgery or that you had the wrong diagnosis.

Technical problems

In some cases, you may have inadequate decompression, misplaced hardware, or have the wrong surgery.

How is failed back surgery diagnosed?

Your provider carefully evaluates all of your prior back treatments, including the results you achieved with each one. They also review images taken before and after your failed back surgery and perform more diagnostic imaging as needed.

During your physical exam, they check for tenderness and pain and evaluate your range of motion. Your provider also does a thorough neurological exam and performs other manual tests designed to target the source of your ongoing pain.

How is failed back surgery treated?

Each person’s treatment is customized, targeting the cause of their ongoing pain and using conservative therapies before considering additional surgery.

These are only a few examples of the nonsurgical treatments you may receive:

  • Medications
  • Exercise and/or physical therapy
  • Neuromodulation
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Medial branch block

If you have ongoing pain after spine surgery, call Spine Center Atlanta or book an appointment online today.

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Services & Conditions

ACL

ACL

ACL injuries or tears commonly occur during sports that involve sudden stops of changes in direction.

Traumatic Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury

If you have experienced a car accident, sports injury, or a slip and fall accident and were diagnosed with a concussion, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. It is best to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Failed Spine Surgery

Failed Spine Surgery

The team specializes in minimally invasive techniques and offers comprehensive care, including an on-site, fully-accredited outpatient surgical facility and a state-of-the-art rehabilitation center.

Neck Spine Surgery

Neck Spine Surgery

When non-surgical care doesn't help, the board-certified orthopedic surgeons at Spine Center Atlanta perform neck spine surgery to repair the underlying problem.

Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-Surgical Treatments

Non-Surgical Treatments services offered in Atlanta, Savannah, Conyers, Augusta, Macon and Decatur, GA

Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator Cuff Repair

Rotator Cuff Injury services offered in Atlanta, Savannah, Conyers, Augusta, Macon and Decatur, GA

Auto Accident Injury

Auto Accident Injury

If you have experienced a car accident, sports injury, or a slip and fall accident and were diagnosed with a concussion, you may have suffered a traumatic brain injury. It is best to see a doctor as soon as possible.

Cervical Disc Replacement

Cervical Disc Replacement

Cervical disk replacement surgery involves removing a diseased cervical disk and replacing it with an artificial disk.

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Facilities

Surgery Center

Surgery Center

Our renowned surgery center caters to surgeries related to extremities, interventional spine, and spine surgeries.

MRI Center

MRI Center

Our on-site MRI services give you the convenience of receiving all of your care in one location and deliver a higher quality of care, including a faster diagnosis and treatment.

Rehabilitation Center

Rehabilitation Center

Our rehabilitation team of highly trained professionals has a combined 70 years of clinical experience in the rehabilitation field, each one ready to put their experience to work for you. Our business office and support staff are fully bilingual.

Wellness Center

Wellness Center

Spine Center Atlanta’s Wellness Center offers a boutique-style experience to offer you the best in massage therapy, personal training, and well-being, everything you need to maintain a healthy and rewarding lifestyle.

Aqua Therapy

Aqua Therapy

The aquatic center offers a heated therapy pool at a depth of four feet with 12 massage jets to soothe sore and hurting muscles at the end of your therapy workout.

Acupuncture Center

Acupuncture Center

Acupuncture increases blood circulation to different parts of your body and relaxes your muscles to help alleviate pain.