Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons & Neurosurgeons located in Hollywood, FL, Coral Gables, FL, & Boca Raton, FL
Failed surgery, or failed back surgery, means you continue to have pain and other symptoms following back surgery. Behnam Myers, DO, MPH, and Howard Levene, MD, PhD, at Spine Solutions in Hollywood, Boca Raton, and Coral Gables, Florida, specialize in diagnosing and treating failed surgery. Schedule a consultation by calling the office closest to you or booking an appointment online today.
Failed Surgery Q&A
What is failed surgery?
Failed surgery, also known as failed back surgery or failed back surgery syndrome, is a general term describing patients who continue to have problems with their back following surgical intervention.
When undergoing back or neck surgery to ease pain, your surgeon may decompress a pinched nerve or perform a spinal fusion to stop painful movements.
Though many people experience relief from their back or neck pain following surgical intervention, some may continue to have problems. Understanding the source of your back pain helps determine the best treatment for long-term relief.
What causes failed surgery?
Failed surgery may result from any number of causes. Common causes include:
- Spinal fusion failure
- Back or neck pain is at a level above or below the surgical site
- Recurrent spinal stenosis
- Disc herniation
You may also experience failed surgery if you continue to have pain from a secondary pain generator, such as a new herniated disc, arthritis, or degenerative disc disease.
No matter the cause or your symptoms, if you continue to have pain following your back surgery, Dr. Myers and Dr. Levene can help.
What happens during a failed surgery consultation?
When you visit Spine Solutions for a failed surgery consultation, you can expect a comprehensive, patient-focused exam. The board-certified spine surgeons ask detailed questions to fully understand your concerns and goals.
They review your medical and surgical history and perform a physical. The surgeons also perform diagnostic imaging tests, such as an MRI or CT scan, to find the source of your continued pain.
These imaging tests also provide the surgeons additional information about the nature and extent of your spine problem.
How is failed surgery treated?
Dr. Myers and Dr. Levene create individual treatment plans for failed surgery. Your treatment plan for failed surgery depends on the underlying cause of your continued pain. Treatment may include:
- Stretching exercises
- Physical therapy
- Steroid injections
- A healthy diet
- Weight management
If nonsurgical interventions fail to control your symptoms, the spine surgeons at Spine Solutions may recommend corrective minimally invasive spine surgery. They customize your surgical plan to meet your needs and review the details of the procedure at your pre-surgical visit.
Don’t let your failed surgery symptoms keep you from living your life. Schedule a consultation at Spine Solutions by calling the office most convenient to you or booking an appointment online today.
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