Failed Back Surgery Syndrome
What is Failed Back Surgery?
Failed back surgery syndrome, (FBSS) is a term referring to the chronic and severe pain a patient can experience after unsuccessful surgery. FBSS affects up to 40 percent of patients who have had traditional open back or minimally invasive spine surgery. Often surgery is indicated for an identifiable source of pain due to pinched nerve root or an unstable and painful joint. However, back pain can have many causes and accurate identification of the source of pain is complicated. Too often, x-ray and Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans do not correlate well with symptoms. Therefore, diagnostic injections are often warranted and assist in making the proper patient selection and spinal level for surgery.