Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) refers to a condition that patients suffer following spinal surgery for back or leg pain. This condition arises, just as the name suggests, when surgery fails and the patient still suffers from the original pain. To be clear, this condition is not to say that a problem arose during surgery or that surgery does not work at all. Instead, it is only referring to the continued pain that patients feel following surgery, the pain that was supposed to be alleviated from surgery. The chances of continued pain after surgery rise significantly when multiple surgeries are performed on the same area of the back. According to Marc Russo who is the Executive Officer at the International Neuromodulation Society, reports have suggested that FBSS has a 20-40% chance of occurring, and “the likelihood is considered greater with repeated surgery” (neuromodulation.com, 2012). However, there are alternatives to additional surgery.

At SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in Pleasanton, we understand the effects that Failed Back Surgery Syndrome can have on the body, and we may be able to help you find relief from your pain. Your recovery is our top priority. Call (925) 393-0100 to see if you qualify for peripheral neuropathy treatment at SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy.

Why Does Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) Occur?

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome occurs after the wound from surgery has healed, and, although the pain has been reduced, it is still present and continues to worsen in the following weeks after surgery. Essentially, the pain doesn’t go away. The buildup of scare tissue around the spinal nerve roots and muscle spasms may be the biggest cause of the pain. Additionally, pain may continue after surgery if it failed to remove the initial cause of the pain. Pain may also arise with recurrent disc herniation, spinal nerve pressure, altered joint mobility, facet joint degeneration, or sacroiliac joint degeneration. Simply put, your back still hurts after surgery because the cause of the pain was not corrected, scar tissue is compressing a spinal nerve, or a bigger problem is present in your back. FBSS does not have to continue to hold you back from enjoying your life. At SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy in Pleasanton, we have a solution. Our peripheral neuropathy treatment is designed to also help patients recover from pain caused by nerve damage from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome. Often times, a comprehensive physical exam and MRI images can help pinpoint the cause of the pain and any possible secondary sources.

To learn more about treating Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and how SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy can help you recover, call (925) 393-0100 today to schedule an appointment.

How Does SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy Assess Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

Assessing pain is actually one of most difficult things to do for doctors because it’s about communication, and establishing a dialogue about pain between the patient and doctor can be a little challenging based on the amount of information to obtain in a short amount of time. For instance, a typical assessment will begin with consulting your health history. Doctors will want to know if the pain is intermittent or constant, the kind of pain (e.g., stabbing, burning), pain triggers, when pain is more likely to occur during the day or night, and how much pain you are in on a scale of 0-10. After establishing a dialogue of your situation and understanding the extent of your pain, doctors will inquire about previous treatments and any medications you are taking. Some doctors may ask you to keep a journal that details when you have pain and types of pain that occur to better understand the patterns. A good assessment will help doctors understand what type of treatment will best suit you in order to relieve the amount of stress you have.

Don’t let your Failed Back Surgery Syndrome prevent you from participating in life! SF Bay Peripheral Neuropathy can help. Call (925) 393-0100 to make an appointment today.

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