Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)

The title “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome” is actually a misnomer because Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is not actually a syndrome, it is used to describe the condition of patients who have had unsuccessful back surgery. Failed Back Surgery Syndrome can be caused by an improper preoperative patient selection before back surgery.

Signs and symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome include new pain at a level different from the location treated, inability to recuperate, restricted mobility, sharp, stabbing back pain, numbness or pain radiating through the lower back into the legs, back spasms, anxiety and/or a potential dependence on pain medication.

Treatment options for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome include medication, physical therapy, hot and cold therapy and counseling.