Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Specialist

Interventional Pain Consultants -  - Pain Management Physician

Interventional Pain Consultants

Pain Management, Spine, & Sports Medicine Physicians located in Parsippany, NJ

If you experience failed back surgery syndrome or pain that returns after having back surgery, you can turn to Interventional Pain Consultants in Parsippany, New Jersey. Pain management physicians Kevin Elaahi, MD, Benjamin Kim, MD, and the team offer a number of pain-relieving solutions to eliminate your discomfort. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Q & A

What is failed back surgery syndrome?

Failed back surgery syndrome can affect up to 40% of people with continued back pain after undergoing back surgery. If you have the condition, you might experience:

  • Upper back pain
  • Lower back pain
  • Leg pain
  • Dull, aching pain
  • Shooting or stabbing pain
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Weakness

Your pain might come and go or get worse over time. Failed back surgery syndrome is similar to spinal stenosis (narrowing of the spinal canal) and may produce similar symptoms. 

What causes failed back surgery syndrome?

The cause of failed back surgery syndrome isn’t entirely clear. It might occur because solid spinal fusion fails to form post-surgery or because of improper healing, a new back injury, or continued tissue degeneration over time.

How does my provider diagnose failed back surgery syndrome?

To determine the root cause of back pain and develop a treatment plan, your pain specialist reviews your medical and surgical history, asks about your symptoms, and completes a physical examination. They might recommend you undergo blood tests, X-rays, ultrasound, CT scans, or MRIs.

What are common back pain treatment options?

If pain due to failed back surgery syndrome negatively affects your everyday life and you desire relief, your provider might recommend one of the following pain-relieving solutions:

Spinal cord stimulation

With spinal cord stimulation, your pain specialist inserts a pacemaker-like device between your spinal cord and vertebrae. It sends electrical impulses directly to the spinal cord for pain relief.

Peripheral nerve stimulation

Peripheral nerve stimulators are like spinal cord stimulators, but they send mild electrical currents directly to nerves outside of your spinal cord. Your pain specialist implants a tiny device next to peripheral nerves, which are nerves that run from your spinal cord to organs and limbs.

Epidural steroid injections

Epidural steroid injections contain an anesthetic and steroid that alleviate pain and inflammation. Your specialist can inject medicine into the epidural space surrounding your spinal cord.

Caudal steroid injections

Your pain specialist may inject pain-relieving medicine into the epidural space around the lowest part of your spinal cord during caudal steroid injections.

Your provider personalizes each treatment to give you the best outcome. They might recommend more than one injection spaced apart over time and refer you to physical therapy services as needed.

Don’t live with the pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome when simple, effective pain-relieving solutions are within reach. Call Interventional Pain Consultants to schedule an appointment or book one online today.