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Failed Back Surgery

If you continue to suffer from back or neck pain after surgery that was supposed to fix the problem, you may have failed back surgery. Arun Kandra, MD, and Vivek Das, MD, at Premier Spine & Pain Management have years of experience using interventional pain therapies to effectively relieve pain in patients with failed back surgery. To learn more about your treatment options, call one of the offices New Jersey or Pennsylvania, or use the online booking feature to schedule an appointment. The practice has locations in Easton, Pennsylvania, and Somerset, Hillsborough, Succasunna, and Middletown, New Jersey.

Failed Back Surgery Q & A

What is failed back surgery?

Failed back surgery does not mean something went wrong during surgery. It refers to patients who continue to have back or neck pain after they undergo surgery to repair the spinal problem responsible for their pain — even when the surgery proceeded smoothly and seemed successful.

If your pain doesn’t improve within the first 30-60 days after surgery, chances are you have failed back surgery.

What causes failed back surgery?

There are many types of back surgeries, numerous reasons for back pain, and just as many causes of failed back surgery. For that reason, a comprehensive list isn’t feasible, but the team at Premier Spine & Pain Management can give you a few examples.

You may develop complications after surgery, such as a postoperative infection that interferes with healing. It’s also possible for scar tissue to form during healing, which may cause ongoing pain.

In some cases, the procedure that was performed didn’t take care of all the problems contributing to your pain.

If you have surgery to remove the herniated portion of a disc, the remaining disc could become herniated again.

The type of surgical procedure also makes a difference. Some back surgeries have a lower rate of success when it comes to alleviating pain.

One type of surgery, a laminectomy, removes a portion of bone from the vertebrae to decompress pinched nerves. In some patients, the nerve root may not fully heal after the pressure is released, so their pain continues.

When bones are fused following a laminectomy, the fusion may not grow properly or the vertebrae above and below the two fused bones may cause pain as they’re subjected to extra stress.

How is failed back surgery treated?

Patients with failed back surgery are not likely to achieve pain relief from additional surgeries. However, the experts at Premier Spine & Pain Management can help with interventional treatment options.

Your treatment is customized depending on the source of your pain and the severity of your symptoms. Epidural nerve blocks, facet joint injections, and radiofrequency neurotomy are a few examples of interventional procedures that target the source of your pain.

Patients with failed back surgery often respond well to spinal cord stimulation, which blocks or masks the spinal nerves sending pain signals to your brain. For many, spinal cord stimulation does a better job of relieving pain than revision surgery.

If you continue to suffer from back or neck pain after spinal surgery, call Premier Spine & Pain Management or book an appointment online.