If you had surgery to relieve the symptoms of a debilitating spine condition and the procedure either failed to alleviate your pain or created new symptoms, then you may wonder where to turn for help. It’s understandable that you are disappointed in the outcome of your surgery. However, it is estimated that up to 40 percent of patients who undergo traditional open spine surgery experience a condition known as failed back surgery syndrome, which refers to the unsuccessful results that follow neck or back surgery.
Fortunately, there are a number of doctors who treat failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) and can help you pursue pain relief through nonsurgical treatment options or additional surgery.
Four types of doctors that treat FBSS
If you’re experiencing FBSS, then you may wish to consult with your primary care physician, who is familiar with your medical history and may be able to refer you to a specialist. Some types of doctors you may wish to consider include:
- Orthopedists or orthopedic surgeons
- Neurologists and neurosurgeons
Regardless of which type of doctor you choose to consult with about your FBSS, you might not be encouraged to pursue another surgical procedure right away. Conservative treatments, such as physical therapy, stretching exercises, anti-inflammatory medications, epidural steroid injections and other nonsurgical options, may help alleviate your FBSS symptoms and allow you to resume a normal lifestyle.
At USA Spine Care, we provide another option for FBSS patients: minimally invasive outpatient surgery. Our procedures offer a safer and effective alternative to open neck and spine surgery, with advantages that include less scarring and disruption of muscle tissue, a lower risk of complication and shorter recovery times.^
We provide a free MRI review* that can help determine whether you’re a candidate for our procedures. If you’d like to learn more about how we treat FBSS at USA Spine Care, then contact us today.
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