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Failed Back Surgery

Rincon Pain and Spine -  - Pain Management Practice

Rincon Pain and Spine

Pain Management Practice located in Tucson, AZ

At least 20-40% of all patients who have back surgery continue to experience chronic pain after their procedure. If you've endured a failed back surgery, the compassionate team at Rincon Pain and Spine in Tucson, Arizona, is available to help. They have extensive experience using a wide range of therapies to help their patients successfully get relief from the pain and move forward into more active lives. To request an appointment, call the office in east or northwest Tucson or use the online booking feature at any time.

Failed Back Surgery

What is failed back surgery?

Failed back surgery is the diagnosis given to patients who continue to have back pain after they have surgery to repair the condition causing their pain. You may have the same pain you had before surgery, or you could develop new pain.

Some patients feel better after surgery, but then their pain worsens within a few months. If your pain doesn’t consistently improve within the first 30-60 days after surgery, there’s a chance your back surgery has failed.


What causes failed back surgery?

If you have failed back surgery, it doesn’t mean something went wrong during your surgery. There are many possible reasons you can have ongoing pain after your surgery.

The following are a few of the most common causes of failed back surgery:

Spine surgery isn’t always successful

You may have had the best surgeon perform the best procedure without any problems, but the fact is that spine surgery doesn’t work all the time. The overall failure rate of lumbar spine surgery is 10-46%.

Your procedure didn’t address all the problems

The surgery you received may not have repaired all the problems. For example, your doctor may perform a successful decompression without realizing that you had another condition in a different area of your spine.

Complications may develop

During your recovery, you can develop problems such as an infection or scarring that interfere with healing. As a result, you continue to have pain.

New degeneration or disease

Repairing one problem in your spine doesn’t prevent others from developing. Additionally, the biomechanics of your spine change after surgery, which can accelerate degenerative changes.


How do pain specialists treat failed back surgery?

The team at Rincon Pain and Spine offers an array of alternative and medical options to get you back on track. After reviewing the details of your surgery and performing a thorough examination, your doctor recommends a treatment plan that relieves your pain without undergoing more surgery.

These are a few examples of treatments often used for failed back surgery:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Facet joint injections
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation
  • If you continue to have lower back pain after spinal surgery, call Rincon Pain and Spine or request an appointment online.