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Minimally Invasive Pain Institute

Types of Pain and Problems

Failed Back/Neck Surgery Syndrome

Failed back surgery is not a syndrome, but rather it is the continuation of pain after spine or back surgery. People usually have spine surgery for two reasons. Some individuals have a nerve root decompressed to relieve the pain caused by nerve compression. Others undergo surgery in hopes of stabilizing a painful spinal joint. If a person shows progress within three months of surgery the consensus is that the patient will continue to improve. However, if there is no improvement in pain within the three months following surgery, the surgery is deemed unsuccessful and some future work up will be necessary. There are many reasons that back surgery fails. The surgery may not have been in the correct area, or it may be that the discs above and/or below have now been affected.