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All You Need To Know About Failed Back Surgery

Minor injuries and meager ailments are something common phenomenon in our daily lives that often get healed by taking some rest, relaxation, and non-inflammatory pain relief medication. However, there are certain conditions that demand immediate treatment and proper diagnosis to avoid any sort of long term health issues. Moreover, certain medical conditions even require a patient to go through surgery when other traditional treatment methodologies fail to bring him / her to its normal functioning. But, there are certain cases in which surgery fail to bring the expected results.


Failed Back Surgery

Failed back surgery is the result of persistent pain in the back even after back surgery or surgical intervention that failed to restore a reasonable quality of life as expected. More specifically, it refers to unsuccessful results following spine surgery that has not relieved the original issue or has created other, more significant health problems, resulting in persistent or worsening pain. The patients with failed back surgery may experience or develop numerous symptoms in varying intensities, such as:

  • Persistent or chronic pain
  • Limited mobility
  • Pain below or above the treated level of the spine
  • New spine conditions
  • Inability to recuperate
  • Stabbing pain in the extremities
  • Dull, aching pain in the legs, back, or neck
  • Spinal joint immobility
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Spasms
  • Dependence on prescription drugs


Solution and Treatment for Failed Back Surgery

Since failed back surgery is not a specific spine condition, every patient’s individual history and symptoms need to be thoroughly reviewed, properly diagnosed, and carefully evaluated to determine the best and most effective course of treatment. Often initial treatment may involve following mythologies:

  • Injections or Nerve Block: It is used to temporarily block the pain.
  • Spinal Cord Stimulation: It results in significant pain relief with placement of stimulator implant in the spinal canal.
  • Intrathecal Drug Infusion: It delivers direct pain relief medication to the affected area with the help of catheter.



Failed back surgery refers to unsuccessful results following back or spine surgery to treat neck or back pain. In case you or any of your loved one is victim of the surgery and looking for an effective treatment, get an expert advice from Dr. Zaki Anwar by placing an appointment at 815-464-7212. He is a certified Pain Management Specialist who has been practicing effective pain relief therapies for the past several years with successful results. We will respond your queries within 24 hours.