Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Causes & Symptoms

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What are the Causes of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?

Failed back surgery syndrome can result from one of many causes such as:

  • Inaccurate diagnose of the condition(s)
  • Failure resulting from spine fusion
  • Lateral recess stenosis (failure to decompress the area between the midline and lateral aspect of the exiting nerve)
  • Surgery performed at the wrong level of the spine
  • Adjacent segment disease (the development of pain, instability of degenerative conditions at the level above or below the previous surgical site)
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Missed disc fragment, re-herniation of disc or bone spurs still pinching the spinal nerve
  • Nerve damage from surgery

What are the Symptoms of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

The pain associated with failed back syndrome varies depending on the surgical procedure performed and the conditions treated. The pain can range from a dull ache to sharp stabbing pain and may be localized to one area of the back or reach into the legs. Patients suffering from FBSS can experience any of the following symptoms:

  • Chronic pain
  • Pain at the adjacent area above or below the previously-treated area
  • Decreased mobility
  • Aching and dull pain in the back, legs, or neck
  • Sharp or stabbing pain
  • Spasms
  • Increased dependence on pain medicine