Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Overview Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Causes and Symptoms Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Diagnosis and Treatments

The Causes of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome can result from many causes. Some of those could be:

  • Inaccurate diagnosis of your back pain
  • Spinal fusion failure
  • Failure to decompress the area around the exiting nerve (also known as Lateral Recess Stenosis)
  • Surgery was performed on the wrong area of the spine
  • Pain developed in the area above the surgery site (also known as Adjacent Segment Disease)
  • Scar tissue formed at the incision site
  • Not all of the damaged disc was removed and it’s still pinching a nerve
  • The surgery created nerve damage in your back

Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

The pain a patient may be experiencing because of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome will depend on what kind of surgery they had and what condition was supposed to be treated. It might be a dull ache in your back or a stabbing pain. It might be in one area of your back or radiate into your legs. Other symptoms of FBSS might include:

  • Chronic pain lasting six months or more
  • Pain that’s centered above or below the area that was treated
  • Decreased range of motion and mobility
  • Aching in your legs, neck, or back
  • Sharp or stabbing pains in your back
  • Back spasms
  • Taking more and more medication to manage your pain


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