Did an Operation Fail to Relieve Your Pain?

Failed back surgery syndrome, also known as post-laminectomy syndrome, refers to the chronic back and/or leg pain that is not relieved by—or occurs as a result of—spinal surgery. Up to 40% of patients who undergo traditional open back surgery suffer from FBSS.

Cause/Risk Factors of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Primary causes of FBSS include:

  • Poor preoperative patient selection, including failure to diagnose the condition
  • Failure to adequately treat the condition
  • Technical error during surgery
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Inadequate decompression of a nerve root
  • Nerve damage

Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Symptoms include severe pain, chronic pain, or constant pain, as well as the inability to find a comfortable position to alleviate your pain.

Diagnosis of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Diagnosis of FBSS generally includes:

  • Physical Exam: During a physical exam, a patient’s posture, gait, and range of motion will be evaluated—as will any asymmetry, deformity or curvature of the spine. Palpation along the spine may reveal areas of localized tenderness from prior surgery, and a complete neurovascular and musculoskeletal exam may be used to rule out all possible causes of symptoms other than FBSS.
  • Tests: An MRI or CT scan can be performed to evaluate persisting nerve compression or other disc disease and to rule out infection or tumor. Lab studies can also be performed to include blood work to detect infection.

Treatment of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

At PMIR Medical Center, we understand that pain is a complex condition that affects the whole person—body, mind and spirit. We provide a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to treatment, customizing the most effective treatment plans for our patients and empowering them to become a collaborative partner in their recovery process.

We offer treatment options for FBSS that include:

We specialize in non-medication-based therapies to help our patients achieve sustained pain relief. However, we do offer pain medication, when necessary, as a supplement to other treatment options.

We may also recommend supplementing your treatment at PMIR with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) options that include:

  • Physical therapy

Make An Appointment Today

To learn more about how we treat FBSS and the treatment plan that might be best for you, contact us directly via our online form or request an appointment today by calling (855) 764-7633.

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