Making the choice to undergo back surgery is a big decision. Any spinal surgery has some level of risk – and usually, an extended recovery time. Of course, some people with disabling back pain can accept the risks of back surgery, if they think it will alleviate their pain. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee after back surgery that the pain will go away.
Up to 40 percent of people who undergo certain types of spinal surgeries (such as lumbar laminectomies with or without fusion) experience persisting or even new pain and other symptoms after their procedure. This unexpected phenomenon, called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), can be incredibly frustrating. Some patients undergo multiple revision surgeries in an attempt to correct FBSS, but in general, each subsequent surgery is even less effective than the previous one.
The good news is that there are Indianapolis alternatives to repeat back surgery. Take a look at these three options for treating FBSS:
Compared to conventional back surgery, all these treatments come with lower risk and shorter recovery time. When provided as part of a comprehensive, multidisciplinary, and individualized pain management plan of care, patients can enjoy an improved quality of life.
Center for Pain Management’s Indianapolis pain doctors could help you get back on your feet again. If you’re struggling with pain even after your back surgery, contact us today: (317) 706-7246.