Failed Neck Surgery Syndrome (FNSS)

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

Signs and symptoms of failed neck 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 Neck Surgery Syndrome include medication, physical therapy, hot and cold therapy and counseling.