Failed back surgery, also known as failed back syndrome, is a condition that causes ongoing back or leg pain after spine surgery. For example, you might have discomfort right after surgery that lasts longer than it’s supposed to or pain that develops gradually over time after surgery.
The discomfort could feel like:
At the first sign of failed back surgery, see the Interventional Pain Management Associates team for an evaluation.
The cause of failed back surgery isn’t always known. Even if a surgeon performs the most effective back surgery for your condition, sometimes post-surgery pain can still occur. For instance, it might have to do with genetic factors or the severity of your initial back problem.
The Interventional Pain Management Associates team discusses your symptoms, medical history, and surgical history with you to determine if you have a failed back surgery. They check your vital signs, complete a physical examination, and might recommend blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures.
Standard treatments that may relieve pain due to failed back surgery include:
Medications help treat the underlying cause of your discomfort or relieve unpleasant symptoms occurring after failed back surgery.
Physical therapy sessions use exercise and stretching to strengthen tissues, enhance your body’s natural healing ability, relieve nerve pressure, and reduce discomfort.
Injections into or near your spine can reduce pain caused by failed back surgery; they can diminish inflammation or stimulate cell regeneration and healing. Your provider might recommend platelet-rich plasma (PRP) injections or other types of injections, depending on your unique needs.
Interventional Pain Management Associates specialists offer electrical nerve stimulation for your spine to interfere with pain signals traveling to your brain.
If other treatments haven’t worked to relieve pain due to failed back surgery, your specialist might recommend another surgical procedure to reduce the discomfort once and for all.
If you have failed back surgery and want relief, schedule a consultation with Interventional Pain Management Associates by phone or online today.