When you have surgery to treat a spine condition, you expect the best outcome. However, if you’re still having pain after surgery, you may have a condition known as failed surgery syndrome. At Michigan Pain Specialists, with offices in Adrian and Ypsilanti, Michigan, the physicians offer a variety of non-surgical solutions, including epidural steroid injections and intrathecal pump therapy, to ease your pain. Find out more about your options for treating failed surgery syndrome pain by calling the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or by booking an appointment online today.
Failed surgery syndrome describes pain and other symptoms that continue despite having back or spine surgery to treat an injury or correct a degenerative condition.
While the goal of back and spine surgery is to provide you with long-term pain relief and improved mobility, there are several reasons why your surgery may not have been effective.
Pain can continue because of post-surgical complications like an infection or nerve compression due to developing scar tissue. For some, surgery might not have been a viable treatment option for complex underlying conditions.
Pain is one of the common symptoms of failed back or spine surgery. You may experience chronic pain anywhere in your spine, depending on the original reason for your surgery. That pain can also radiate into other areas of your body, such as your shoulders and hips.
Failed surgery syndrome can also cause neurological symptoms like numbness, weakness, tingling in your arms, hands, legs, and feet.
While it can be devastating to learn that your spine surgery wasn’t successful at relieving your pain and other symptoms, the Michigan Pain Specialists team offers post-surgical solutions to ease your symptoms.
After a careful evaluation of your pain and other symptoms, your provider designs a treatment plan to meet your specific needs. They often take a multidisciplinary approach to your treatment and use a combination of therapies to achieve optimal results.
Your treatment may include:
The team at Michigan Pain Specialists also offers intrathecal pump therapy. This treatment uses an implantable device to deliver medications directly into your spinal fluid to disrupt pain signals that travel to your brain.
Your pain specialist continues to monitor your pain levels and treatment to ensure you're comfortable and able to enjoy a higher quality of life. The team can make adjustments to your treatment as needed and may refer you for physical therapy to help you heal more efficiently.
You don’t have to live with a lifetime of pain after a failed surgery. Call the Michigan Pain Specialists office nearest you or book an appointment online today to learn more about treatments available for failed surgery syndrome.