It is estimated that up to 40 percent of patients who undergo traditional open back surgery experience failed back surgery syndrome. Surgery is a big step for any patient, and the possibility that a surgical procedure could fail to address a medical issue can be especially daunting. The incidence of failed back surgery syndrome, or FBSS, depends upon many factors. For instance, FBSS tends to occur more frequently in the lumbar (lower back) region than in the cervical (neck) region of the spine. Additionally, a patient’s risk of developing FBSS is much higher following an open spinal fusion procedure than after undergoing a minimally invasive technique.
Based on the studies published to date by the U.S. National Institutes of Health, the only scientifically defendable statement that can be made about the incidence of failed back surgery syndrome is that its likelihood increases with the invasiveness of the spinal surgery that was performed.
What is FBSS?
FBSS is not a syndrome. Rather, it is a generalized term that is used to describe the condition of patients who have experienced unsuccessful results following spine surgery to treat neck or back pain. Specifically, the term applies when spine surgery has not alleviated the original problem or has created other, more significant problems, resulting in continuing or worsening pain.
Patients with FBSS may experience or develop symptoms in varying degrees of severity, such as:
- 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
- Dependence on prescription drugs
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is a revolutionary new technology used primarily to treat disc injuries in the neck and in the low back. This treatment option is very safe and utilizes FDA cleared equipment to apply distraction forces to spinal structures in a precise and graduated manner.
Non-Surgical Spinal Decompression is very effective at treating bulging discs, herniated discs, pinched nerves, sciatica, radiating arm pain, degenerative disc disease, leg pain, and facet syndromes. Proper patient screening is imperative and only the best candidates are accepted for care.
If you would like more information on how you can avoid back surgery with Spinal Disc Decompression Therapy, please contact us.