FAILED SURGERY

SPINE SURGERY REVISION

WHAT IS FAILED BACK SURGERY AND HOW IS IT CAUSED?

Failed back surgery sometimes called failed back syndrome simply refers to a less than optimal result in a prior back surgery. Some of the causes of failed surgery include failure to fuse and/or implant, a transfer lesion to another level, recurrent spinal stenosis, disc herniation, and continued pain from a secondary pain generator.

HOW CAN A PHYSICIAN DETERMINE WHETHER I HAVE FAILED BACK SURGERY?

After a comprehensive physical examination, selective diagnostic imaging is required to localize any remaining dysfunction. MRI and CT scans confirm the suspected diagnosis and provide additional information about the nature and extent of the problem.

HOW IS A FAILED BACK SURGERY TREATED?

Because of the wide variability of what might be considered failed back surgery, the correct treatment is specific to the individual and their case. Treatment may include things like stretching exercises, physical therapy, steroid injections, and maintaining a good diet and body weight. If these treatments fail to control symptoms, a corrective minimally invasive surgical procedure may be recommended.

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