Failed Back Surgery Specialist

Interventional Pain Medicine located in Eugene, OR

Failed Back Surgery

Returning pain after back surgery can be disheartening, especially if you've already gone through the lengthy recovery process. The team at Pain Specialists of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, specializes in treating failed back surgery syndrome using nonsurgical techniques and conservative therapies. To book an appointment, call Pain Specialists of Oregon or schedule online today. 

What is failed back surgery?

Failed back surgery, or failed back surgery syndrome, is an uncommon complication that happens to some people after they have back surgery for another condition. It happens when the pain that led you to seek surgery in the first place returns despite the repairs that were made during surgery.

Spine surgeries usually do one of two things. Either they take compression off a nerve, or they stabilize an intervertebral joint. While these methods change the anatomy of the back, it doesn’t necessarily always take away the pain. In many cases, failed back surgery syndrome happens because the issue that was treated was not the underlying cause of the pain.  

How do I know if I have failed back surgery syndrome?

With failed back surgery syndrome, after back surgery, the same symptoms you had before such as back pain return. Many individuals with failed back surgery syndrome experience even more symptoms than before, including:

  • Mobility limitation
  • Frequent headaches
  • Weakness
  • Pain in other parts of the spine
  • Radiculopathy
  • Numbness
  • Tingling 
  • Burning

Just like any surgery, back surgery comes with some postoperative discomfort that you can manage with medications and physical therapy. If the pain seems particularly severe or outlasts the typical recovery time for back surgery, you might need to come in for a failed back surgery syndrome evaluation at Pain Specialists of Oregon. 

What are my treatment options for failed back surgery?

You have numerous options for failed back surgery syndrome treatment, many of which can control your symptoms without requiring you to go under the knife again. Pain Specialists of Oregon offers options like:

Epidural injections

Epidural injections are corticosteroid injections that go into the fatty space around your spinal cord, called the epidural space. They reduce inflammation to take pressure off nerves. 

Spinal cord stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation involves an implanted device with electrodes near the spinal cord. Electrical impulses stop painful nerve signals from traveling to your brain. 

Radiofrequency neurotomy

This is a procedure to heat specific nerves to stop transmitting pain signals for some time.

A full recovery plan including physical therapy gives you the best possible result from in-office therapies like these. 

To schedule a consultation and learn more about conservative treatments for failed back surgery, call Pain Specialists of Oregon or book an appointment online today.