One of our passions is helping this population of patients who suffer from surgically treatable failed back syndrome. To determine if you may have a treatable issue, after taking a detailed history, we will need a number of diagnostic studies before being able to determine if you have a problem that might be correctable with further surgery.
Back surgery has a very good success rate if the diagnosis that led to it was sound. While many patients will have complete resolution of their symptoms, some will have incomplete results and a few will have residual dysfunction maybe even worsening. These few patients will continue to present with chronic pain even after surgery. Ten to 30 per cent of spinal fusion surgeries fail with patients getting worse instead of better. The reasons for failure may include broken screws or other hardware, residual or progressive spinal stenosis, and spinal instability among others.
Failed back syndrome is a common name for a condition present in certain patients that have suboptimal results following back surgery. In some cases this leads to a revision spine surgery to correct or improve failed results.