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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is an umbrella term that covers a group of conditions that cause persistent back pain (with or without sciatica) following one or more spine surgeries. An estimated 30-40% of back surgery patients can suffer from Failed Back Surgery syndrome in the long term. Each successive surgery after the first increase this estimate, with up to 85% of patient reporting Failed Back Surgery Syndrome symptoms after four surgeries.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome symptoms are generally caused by residual scarring, inflammation, or anatomical abnormalities that alter the normal mechanics of the spine and create pressure on the nerves. A more comprehensive list of causes includes:

  • Psychological and mood factors (depression, anxiety, or other mood disorders) and tobacco use may decrease response to surgical and non-surgical treatment
  • Obesity increases risk of intraoperative and postoperative complications
  • Scar tissue formation after back surgery
  • Recurrent or persistent disc herniation
  • Spinal stenosis
  • Post operative infection
  • Epidural post-operative fibrosis

Facet Syndrome Symptoms

  • Continued or chronic pain

  • New spine conditions

  • Pain above or below the treated level of the spine

  • Limited mobility

  • Inability to recuperate

  • Dull, aching pain in the neck, back or legs

  • Sharp or stabbing pain in the extremities

  • Spinal joint immobility

  • Spasms

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • Dependence on prescription drugs

Facet Syndrome Treatment

  • Physical therapy

  • Medication

  • Minimally Invasive Injections

  • Minimally Invasive Surgery

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