Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) refers to chronic back or neck pain, with or without extremity pain, which can occur if spine surgery does not achieve the desired result. Contributing factors include recurrent disc herniation, compressed nerves, altered joint mobility, scar tissue, muscle deconditioning and degeneration of facet or sacroiliac joints. Macomb Spine Care offers accurate diagnosis and advanced treatment for a variety of spinal conditions.


Patients with failed spinal surgery have either a new or persistent pain in the back or legs following spine surgery. The pain may be similar to the pain experienced before surgery, or it could be a new pain of a different degree or in a different spot. The location of the fracture in the spine will determine where the symptoms are experienced. The severity of the symptoms depends on extent of the damage, ranging from a strained ligament or muscle to an injured spinal cord.

  • Pain radiating down the arm or leg
  • Pain with leg extension
  • Arm or leg weakness
  • Arm or leg numbness
  • Progressive pain and in some cases disability
  • 1 to 6 months of pain suggests the development of arachnoiditis and is more common with more than one lumbar spine surgery
  • Greater than six months of pain suggests a recurrent disc herniation


Dr. Clark will review your treatment history, particularly the type of surgery done and for what reason. Particular attention is paid to the result of the surgery and how the symptoms have evolved following the surgery. An MRI and physical examination will also be performed. Additional diagnostic testing may be ordered to confirm the diagnosis and the true source of pain.

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