Failed Back Surgery Specialist

Specialized Spine & Pain Care -  - Pain Management

Specialized Spine & Pain Care

Pain Management & Spine Specialists located in Morrisville, PA & Bristol, PA

If you’re still experiencing pain after having a spine procedure, you could have failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). Paul Soccio, MD, in Morrisville, Pennsylvania, with satellite locations in Bristol, Pennsylvania and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, provides pain management solutions to help relieve the pain and uncomfortable symptoms seen with failed back surgery syndrome. Call Paul Soccio, MD, or schedule an appointment online today and Feel Better ... Live Better.

Failed Back Surgery Q & A

What is failed back surgery syndrome?

When you had a spinal procedure that didn’t provide relief, you may have failed back surgery syndrome, or FBSS. This medical term describes a spinal surgery that didn’t relieve your pain or caused new discomfort. Failed back surgery syndrome applies to both neck and back pain.

The goal of spine surgery is to accomplish one of two things, either stabilize a painful joint or to relieve pressure on a compressed nerve. You can have failed back surgery syndrome for several reasons, including:

  • Developing scar tissue as you heal
  • Undergoing a procedure that didn’t effectively treat your condition
  • Having recurrent disc herniation after your surgery
  • Experiencing technical errors during your procedure

Some back surgeries also fail because your provider incorrectly identified your pain source.

What are the symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome?

The most common symptom of FBSS is pain. Additional signs of failed back surgery syndrome include:

  • Restricted or reduced mobility
  • Muscle spasms in your back
  • New pain in a different area
  • Leg or back pain
  • Sharp, stabbing, or burning pain in your arms, legs, or back
  • Numbness or tingling that radiates into your lower legs
  • Sleeplessness, anxiety, and depression

When you have failed back syndrome, it also increases your risk of developing a dependency on pain medication.

How is failed back surgery syndrome diagnosed and treated?

Dr. Soccio has extensive experience with FBSS. During your appointment, he conducts a comprehensive physical exam that might include X-rays, MRIs, nerve conduction studies, or electromyography.

Based on your symptoms, Dr. Soccio might recommend a variety of treatments for failed back surgery syndrome, including:

  • Hot and cold compresses to address inflammation and provide pain relief
  • Physical therapy to increase flexibility and strengthen your muscles
  • Anti-inflammatory medications to reduce irritation and pain
  • Steroid injections or nerve blocks to stop pain at its source
  • Regenerative medicine treatments to trigger the healing process

Living with chronic pain can also cause stress and mental health issues, so Dr. Soccio may recommend counseling or support to address your emotional needs as well.

To find pain management solutions for failed back surgery syndrome, call Paul Soccio, MD, or schedule an appointment online today.