Failed back surgery syndrome is a term used to describe a complication that occurs after an unsuccessful back surgery, causing a return of your old symptoms or new symptoms to develop. This syndrome often affects patients who have undergone traditional open spine surgery and can develop from a variety of reasons such as spinal fusion failure, nerve damage and inadequate removal of the damaged disc.
For each person, the recovery process differs depending on their specific symptoms and the types of treatment used to relieve your failed back surgery syndrome. To learn about the conservative treatments available for relief and your options for failed back surgery syndrome surgery, read the following article.
Conservative failed back surgery syndrome treatments
Prior to undergoing failed back surgery syndrome surgery, it is typically recommended to first attempt nonsurgical treatments depending on your specific symptoms. This may include:
- Pain medication
- Chiropractic manipulation
- Physical therapy
- TENS therapy
- Hot and cold therapy
- Epidural steroid injections
- Low-impact exercises
If your symptoms do not respond to conservative care after several weeks or months, you may require another surgery to achieve lasting relief. Although this may seem daunting, keep in mind there are safer and effective alternatives to traditional open spine surgery,^ like USA Spine Care’s minimally invasive spine surgery. To learn more about the advantages of our procedures, contact our team.
Failed back surgery syndrome surgery at USA Spine Care
At USA Spine Care, our highly skilled surgeons use a small incision that is muscle sparing, allowing for a shorter recovery period compared to traditional open spine surgery.^ After undergoing one of our minimally invasive decompression procedures, 88 percent of our patients have reported returning to daily activities within three months after surgery.^
As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, USA Spine Care has performed more than 75,000 patient procedures since 2005. Because our procedures don’t require lengthy recovery^, we are confident that we can help you quickly get back to the activities you have been missing out on. Ask our team for a free MRI review* today to learn if you are a potential candidate for our outpatient failed back surgery syndrome surgery.
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