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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) refers to a condition that patients suffer following spinal surgery for back or leg pain. This condition arises, just as the name suggests, when surgery fails and the patient still suffers from the original pain. This condition does not imply that problems typically arise during surgery or that surgery does not work to correct the problem. Rather, this condition is only referring to the continued pain that patients experience after surgery and the pain that was supposed to be alleviated from the surgical procedure. The chances of continued pain after surgery rise significantly when multiple surgeries are performed on the same area of the back. According to Marc Russo who is the Executive Officer at the International Neuromodulation Society, reports have suggested that FBSS has a 20-40% chance of occurring, and “the likelihood is considered greater with repeated surgery” (neuromodulation.com, 2012).
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome occurs after the wound from surgery has healed, and, although the pain has been reduced, it is still present and continues to worsen in the weeks after surgery. Essentially, the pain doesn’t go away. The buildup of scar tissue around the spinal nerve roots and muscle spasms may be the biggest cause of the pain. FBSS does not have to continue to hold you back from enjoying your life. At East Bay Spine And Disc Institute in Livermore, we have a solution. Our Spinal Decompression Therapy treatment is designed to help patients recover from pain caused as a result of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.