Failed Back Syndrome

Failed Back Syndrome

Failed Back Syndrome is not actually a syndrome but a generalized term used to describe the condition of patients who have not had successful results from back surgery and have continued pain after surgery. Although most people experience satisfactory results after back or neck surgery there are those patients that continue to have pain and/or symptoms following their surgery. Even with the best surgeon, the careful and exact diagnosis and the correct indicated surgery there are various reasons why there may be an occurrence of failed back syndrome.


Patients experience failed neck syndrome when:

  • The surgery does not fix the original problem
  • Scarring or other complications exacerbate existing conditions
  • Implanted surgical device failure
  • Bone and tissue do not heal properly


Many patients with failed back syndrome may experience sharp or dull pain in the localized region of the back or it may radiate to the legs. Symptoms may vary depending out the surgical procedure and original condition.


Proper diagnosis is essential in the successful recovery and treatment of the patient. Our experts at SCCNS have corrected numerous conditions of failed back syndrome that have been referred to us for evaluation. Our team goes through a series of diagnostic measures including review of all previous medical records dealing with your original surgery, rehabilitation and recovery as well as any other history that may help in identifying the cause of your failed back syndrome.

It may also be necessary to do have new Xrays, MRI's or CT scan done if there are not any for comparison.

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