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Failed Surgery (Failed Back Surgery Syndrome)

The Institute for Robotic Surgery offers the most innovative treatments for failed surgery in the NYC and Tri-state area. Our robotic-assisted, minimally invasive techniques result in faster recovery and less downtime.

Do I Have a Failed Surgery?

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  • What is Failed Surgery?

    About one in 10 people will experience back pain in their lifetime which will result in being a leading cause of disability. For those who suffer from back pain, surgery is usually the only option to alleviate pain. Unfortunately, forty percent of patients who have undergone surgery still experience pain after surgery, which is referred to as failed back surgery.

  • What Causes Failed Surgery?

    The majority of patients undergo spine surgery for two reasons: to decompress a nerve root to alleviate pain or to stabilize a joint that’s compressing the nerve root, and causing pain. If the surgery fails and a patient is still experiencing pain, it’s typically because the joint or lesion the surgeon operated on was not the reason for the patient’s pain.

    Other risk factors that can be the cause of a failed surgery include:
    • Arthritis
    • Degenerative disc disease
    • Disc herniation
    • Instability
    • Nerve damage
    • Scar tissue
    • Unstable movement

  • What Are Common Symptoms of Failed Surgery?

    There are three main symptoms to look out for in a failed surgery. They are:
    • Continual back pain that’s the same or worse after surgery
    • Symptoms shift to a different location in the body with the same or
    similar pain
    • Relief from pain right after surgery but the pain gradually comes back

    If you think you are experiencing the symptoms of failed surgery, use our pain assessment tool to start your diagnosis.

How Is Failed Surgery Treated?

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  • Non-Surgical Treatment Options for Failed Surgery

    Most often, non-surgical treatment options are recommended prior to discussing a new surgery. Through an in-depth assessment, a physician will review your medical history and recommend non-surgical options first. These can include:
    • Chiropractic Care
    • Facet block
    • Nerve block
    • Steroid injections
    • Physical therapy
    • Physical training
    • NSAID medications

  • Robotic Surgical Treatments for Failed Surgery

    Robotic surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that allows for a more precise, efficient surgery. The robots assist with creating a surgery plan that is accurate and pinpoints the exact location of the decompressed nerve root or where to stabilize a joint that’s compressing the nerve root. Robotic surgical treatment is personalized to your individual needs and symptoms.

    As with any spinal condition, it’s important to seek medical advice and treatment before the condition becomes too serious. Whether non-surgical or surgical treatment, the path to a pain-free life waiting is for you. Find the right treatment for you with our treatment finder assessment.

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