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Common Causes for Failed Back Surgery and What You Can Do About It

Going through back surgery is no small feat, so you want to be sure that it’s going to be a lasting solution for your back problems. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why your back surgery wasn’t successful and you’re still feeling pain long after you’ve left the operating table. No matter what has caused it to fail, our team of experts can help rectify the damage

Our team of experts at Rincon Pain & Spine in Tucson, Arizona, is equipped with the tools and resources to correct your unsuccessful back surgery and help you find the lasting relief you’ve wanted from the beginning. 

Why did my back surgery fail?

All surgeries are delicate and come with inherent risks. Back surgery success rates don’t pass 95%, making it a particularly risky procedure even under the best conditions and with the best team of surgeons. 

This is due to the long list of reasons why your back surgery can fail. Some risk factors that contribute to a failed operation include:

Other causes for failed back surgery include a technical error performed during surgery. For example, pieces of the bone fragment may have been left next to a nerve, or fragments of the discs in your spine may be missing. 

Your doctor may have failed to completely resolve your back issues, which can leave you in pain even after surgical intervention.

In either case, our doctors are able to discover the source of the problem through X-ray imaging and further analysis.   

Diagnosing a failed back surgery

To diagnose failed back surgery, our doctors review your medical history and records of past operations. You then complete a series of physical exams so we can evaluate your symptoms, capabilities, mobility, sensation, and physical limits. Imaging, such as X-rays, CT scans, nerve conductions studies, and MRIs, can help to determine the root cause and how to best move forward with treatment.  

Recovering from your failed back surgery

Our main goal is helping you find permanent relief from your back pain and correcting the damage of your failed surgery. To do this we begin with creating a rehabilitation plan that works for you and is based on your specific needs and concerns. 

Postoperative recovery is crucial after having a back operation. In fact, failure to rehab properly is the second most common cause of persistent pain after spinal surgery. That’s why we equip you with a sound rehabilitation plan. 

Treating your failed back surgery

When more conservative treatment options fail or your rehabilitation plan isn’t delivering the results you want, our team provides a comprehensive list of pain management therapies and treatments to help alleviate your pain. We are proud to offer different options for pain management, such as injections, medication, and physical therapies. 

There’s no reason to live another day carrying the weight of a failed surgery on your back. Our doctors are dedicated to righting the wrongs done to your back and to supporting you to a pain-free life. If you’d like to learn more or want to start treatment, call our office or schedule an appointment online today.

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