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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome and Why Non-Surgical Treatments are the Best First Option

Last updated 5 years ago

Many patients who undergo spinal surgery still experience chronic pain following their procedures. Sometimes they even begin to exhibit more intense pain or develop painful sensations in new parts of their body. Any kind of back surgery can potentially cause these serious symptoms to develop.

Development of Spinal Stenosis Spinal stenosis is a condition where the spinal column narrows and places significant pressure on the spinal cord. This is more likely to occur as a person ages and his or her spinal discs begin to dry and bulge from their positions in the spine. It may also be the result of bones and ligaments in the spine beginning to grow or thicken. Spinal stenosis can develop as a post-surgery complication following a laminectomy for disc herniation. The symptoms tend to get worse over time and generally include numbing and weakness in the patient’s legs or arms.

Development of Post-operative Infection The more complicated a patient’s spinal condition, the longer they will need to have an exposed back during a surgical operation. This exposure makes the body more vulnerable to developing certain infections post-surgery. Studies have found that patients who suffer from diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis are also more likely to develop a post-operative infection in their spine. The patients who are the highest risk of developing an infection are those who are having a repeated back surgery in order to alleviate recurrent pain.

Development of Scar Tissue The term epidural fibrosis is used to refer to the scar tissue that can form around the patient’s nerve roots after an operation. This is most often the result of surgeries to remove multiple herniated discs or to treat recurrent spinal stenosis. This scarring can permanently damage the spinal nerve root and create chronic pain throughout the patient’s body.

To learn more about your non-surgical spinal treatment options, call the Pain Specialists of Orange County at (888) 699-1334. Our three locations in Orange County are: Laguna Hills, Mission Viejo, and Irvine. We provide patients with the latest and best treatment options for conditions of the spine, neck, and back.


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