Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a term used to describe conditions that affect a patient after a spinal surgery has been unsuccessful. While avoiding failed back surgery syndrome is not something you can completely control when you are in need of a spinal procedure, the considerations described in the following article can help you minimize the risk.
Considerations to help prevent failed back surgery syndrome
If your doctor has recommended spinal surgery to treat your condition, there are certain steps that you can take ahead of time to help prevent failed back surgery syndrome. These include the following steps:
- Getting a second opinion. If a doctor has diagnosed your condition and recommends surgery, it is advised to get a second opinion before agreeing to a procedure. This helps to ensure that you’ve received an accurate diagnosis and that the surgery recommended will properly address the underlying condition. A leading cause of failed back surgery syndrome is an incorrect diagnosis and having doctors reach a consensus about your condition can help to prevent this.
- Following any instructions from your doctor. In preparation for surgery and immediately following surgery, your doctor will give you instructions on what to do to help the surgery go as planned and help you have a smooth recovery. If you have any questions or need clarification, you shouldn’t hesitate to ask. Additionally, you should inform your doctor of any health issues you have and any pain medications or supplements you take, as these may require special consideration to avoid complications.
- Considering the least invasive option. Another leading cause of failed back surgery syndrome is the formation of scar tissue or nerve damage as a result of the surgery. While these cannot be entirely anticipated or avoided, choosing a minimally invasive option can help reduce these possibilities. Minimally invasive surgery requires only a small incision that is muscle-sparing and typically has a shorter recovery time as well as a reduced risk of complications occurring like failed back surgery syndrome compared to traditional open surgery.^
How USA Spine Care can help
At USA Spine Care, we specialize in minimally invasive spine surgery. Our techniques offer a safer and effective alternative to patients who have already developed failed back surgery syndrome as a result of a traditional open spine procedure.^ If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of our outpatient procedures, contact us today.
As the leader in minimally invasive spine surgery, USA Spine Care has helped more than 75,000 patients find relief from chronic neck or back pain. Reach out to our dedicated team today for a free MRI review* to find out if you may be a potential candidate for one of our minimally invasive treatment options.
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