Failed Spine Surgery

Board Certified and Fellowship Trained Orthopaedic Spine Surgeons located in Citrus Park, Tampa, Crystal River, Dade City and Spring Hill, FL

Failed Spine Surgery

Up to 40% of people who undergo back surgery continue to have pain afterward. M. Nicholas Perenich, DO, and his highly skilled team at the Spine Institute of Florida (formerly Tampa Back Institute) specialize in treating failed spine surgery. They offer everything from conservative care to complex surgical procedures to relieve your back pain. The practice has offices in Tampa, Crystal River, Dade City, and Spring Hill, Florida. Call the office nearest you today or book an appointment online to learn more about treatments for failed spine surgery.

Failed Spine Surgery Q&A

I have pain after back surgery. How do I know I have failed spine surgery?

If you continue to have pain after back surgery, you have failed spine surgery, also called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

It’s not unusual for people with failed spine surgery to experience relief immediately following their procedure. But when the pain returns, it can feel worse than before. Some people get no pain relief at all from back surgery.

No matter when the pain returns, if you’ve had spine surgery and your back pain has returned (or never left), the surgery failed.

The Spine Institute of Florida specializes in treating failed spine surgery and can devise a plan that offers you long-term relief.

Why do I have failed spine surgery?

You can develop failed spine surgery for many reasons. Some people continue to have back pain following a spinal fusion procedure when the fusion between the vertebral bones fails. 

Or, you can experience back pain because of degenerative changes that affect other levels of your spine, leading to additional disc herniations, arthritis, or spinal stenosis (narrowing in the spinal canal).

Failed spine surgery is also more common in people with chronic conditions like diabetes and vascular diseases.

It’s also possible that the original surgery treated something other than the root cause of your back pain.

How is failed spine surgery treated?

When you visit the Spine Institute of Florida for a failed spine surgery consultation, your orthopedic spine surgeon completes a thorough evaluation. They want to fully understand your concerns and goals to create an effective, long-term treatment plan.

Initially, your provider at the Spine Institute of Florida starts with conservative care like:

  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs)
  • Nerve pain medication
  • Physical therapy
  • Low-force chiropractic care
  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Spinal cord stimulation

If conservative measures fail, the team will suggest surgery. They perform minimally invasive and complex surgeries to treat failed spine surgery. Surgical interventions can include:

  • Disc replacement
  • Spinal fusion
  • Foraminotomy (widening space around nerves)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (heating and destroying the nerves causing the pain)
  • Endoscopic foraminotomy with neurotomy (opening space and freezing the painful nerve)

You can find relief from your back pain after failed spine surgery. Call the Spine Institute of Florida today or schedule an appointment online.