What is it?Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), also called failed back syndrome, is a general term that doctors use to describe the chronic pain that can appear in the aftermath of any back surgery that fails to relieve a preexisting pain-causing condition. A number of different risk factors can contribute to the onset of this condition. Fortunately, treatments have been found to be effective in treating patients with failed back surgery syndrome.
Back Surgery Basics
Back surgery is sometimes used as a treatment for people who have herniated spinal discs, compressed spinal nerves, forms of harmful spinal curvature called kyphosis and scoliosis, spinal fractures related to the advancing effects of osteoporosis or spinal fractures that stem from an accident or other type of traumatic injury. Your doctor may also recommend back surgery for any back pain that doesn’t respond to a range of nonsurgical treatments. Procedures used to treat back-related ailments include a partial removal of spinal bone called a laminectomy, a whole or partial spinal disc removal called a discectomy, a bone-stabilizing cement injection called a vertebroplasty and a spine-stabilizing technique called a spinal fusion.