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 San Ramon, 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.
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.