I Had Back Surgery, But I'm Still in Pain — Now What?

Making the decision to undergo back surgery is one that you didn’t take lightly. After months or years of living with back pain, however, the decision seemed like the best path toward pain-free movement. Now that your surgery is complete, you realize with dread that your problem isn’t remedied, and you’re still struggling with pain.

At Preva Surgicare, our team of fellowship-trained surgeons understands the frustration that comes with failed back surgery. While it may not solve your immediate problem, you may be interested to know that this outcome isn’t uncommon and the condition even has a name — failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

If you’re struggling with FBSS, here’s a look at why your surgery may not have been successful and what we can do about it.

The reasons behind FBSS

Resolving back pain is tricky under the best of circumstances. Since your spinal column houses a major part of your nervous system, there are numerous sensitive nerve roots that branch out from your spine, and finding the one responsible for your pain can be difficult.

To put some numbers to FBSS, 20-40% of people who undergo spine surgery continue to have pain after their procedures. 

The most common spine surgeries are those that aim to decompress a nerve root or stabilize a painful joint. In most cases of FBSS, the surgery fails to address the lesion that’s responsible for the pain, leaving the patient back at square one. In less common cases, scar tissue from the surgery can create a new source of pain and discomfort.

What you can do

While there’s no such things as a 100% chance of success when it comes to surgery, the best way to avoid FBSS is to choose a surgery that delivers a higher rate of success.

Here at our practice, we offer three such surgeries:

Microdiscectomy

Our surgeon removes a portion of your disc using minimally invasive techniques to reduce the risk of collateral damage and to speed healing.

Laminectomy

Your surgeon removes a portion of your vertebra to provide more room in your spinal canal.

Artificial disc replacement

We replace a damaged disc with an artificial one that still maintains critical functions, such as cushioning and support.

Rest assured, if you’re suffering from FBSS, we examine your problem exhaustively to make sure that we’re targeting the right area. We know that undergoing another spine surgery may not seem like an ideal solution, but choosing a surgery that delivers higher success rates is key to resolving your pain.

We should also mention that as a practice that specializes in surgery, our surgeons have extensive experience and training, and our goal is the same as yours — to relieve your pain, once and for all. We don’t want to see you back on our table as much as you don’t want to be there, so we make every effort to resolve your back pain in one procedure.

If you’re struggling with ongoing pain after spine surgery, please contact our office in Houston, Texas, to set up a consultation.

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