Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS or failed back syndrome) is a term used to describe back surgery patients who did not receive successful results from surgery or still experience back pain. Spine surgery is not guaranteed 100%, there are many variables that cannot be foreseen before surgery, even by the best surgeons. There are many reasons as to why a patient would experience FBSS, let’s explore them together.
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The main goal of performing back surgery is to decompress a pinched nerve root, or to stabilize painful joints. Sadly surgery is not able to cut out a patient’s pain, but can only change the probability of pain once surgery is complete.
Most commonly a patient will still feel pain from FBSS because the area that was operated was not specifically the cause to the pain.
The best way to avoid needing multiple back surgeries and experiencing FBSS is to have operations with higher probability of reducing patient pain. Also ensuring the area in question is indeed the exact cause of the pain.
Some surgeries are more predictable in releasing patient symptoms including: