Failed Back Surgery Specialist

Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain

Board Certified Anesthesiologists and Pain Management Specialists located in Anderson, Greenville, Spartanburg, and West Columbia, SC and Asheville and Gastonia, NC

If your pain continues or worsens after back surgery, there are other pain management options available. At the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain, the skilled doctors manage failed back surgery syndrome with nonsurgical treatment options that provide relief. With six locations in North and South Carolina to choose from, it’s easy to find pain management solutions near you. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.

Failed Back Surgery Q & A

What is failed back surgery syndrome?

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is a general term used to describe a spinal procedure that doesn’t provide pain relief.

There are several reasons back surgery may be unsuccessful, including:

  • Scar tissue development during the healing process
  • A treatment that can’t effectively resolve your condition
  • Recurrent disc herniation after surgery
  • Technical errors during the procedure
  • Misidentification of the pain source

In 30-40% of back surgeries, people experience some type of complication, but the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain offers solutions.

What are the symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome?

In addition to pain, FBSS has several symptoms, including:

  • Reduced or restricted mobility
  • Muscle spasms in the back
  • New pain in a different location
  • Radiating numbness or pain into the lower legs
  • Depression, anxiety, and sleeplessness

Failed back surgery syndrome can also lead to a dependence on pain medication.

How is failed back surgery syndrome diagnosed?

To ensure your symptoms aren’t part of the natural healing process after back surgery, it’s essential to work closely with an expert provider. As leaders in pain management, the doctors at the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain apply their expertise to reach an accurate diagnosis of your pain.

During your appointment, your doctor performs a full medical, musculoskeletal evaluation, or surgical examination. Based on your symptoms and surgical history, they might recommend tests like X-rays, MRIs, neuropsychological exams, or electromyography (EMG) and nerve conduction studies.

How is pain from failed back surgery syndrome treated?

Depending on your failed back surgery symptoms, your doctor might suggest treatments like:

  • Physical therapy to strengthen your core muscles and increase flexibility
  • Hot and cold compresses to provide pain relief
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce inflammation and pain
  • Corticosteroid injections or nerve blocks to minimize inflammation and pain at the source

The Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain also offers psychological support to help manage the associated stress that comes with chronic pain. As part of their comprehensive approach, they have a psychiatrist and psychologist on staff to provide counseling and support.

To find out how the Carolinas Center for Advanced Management of Pain can help you manage chronic pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome, call or book an appointment online.