Failed Back Surgery Pain

Ajit Pai, M.D. -  - Interventional Spine & Pain Specialist

Pain Management Group, LLC

Ajit Pai, M.D.

Interventional Spine & Pain Specialist located in Mishawaka, IN

Failed back surgery pain isn’t something to ignore, nor should you have to learn to live with it. Board-certified pain management specialist Ajit Pai, MD, FIPP, of Pain Management Group, LLC offers effective therapies if you’re suffering from lingering pain after back surgery. See how Dr. Pai and his team can help you by booking an exam at this modern Mishawaka, Indiana, practice. You can click on the online scheduling feature, or call the office directly.

Failed Back Surgery Pain Q & A

What causes failed back surgery pain?

Going in for back surgery is stressful enough, but at least you know that afterward you’re finally going to get relief from back pain. But what if you don’t? Back surgery isn’t always entirely effective, and your pain can remain — or even come back.

Failed back surgery pain, also known as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), is an umbrella term that describes the discomfort you feel after back surgery. While it isn’t always known why back pain doesn’t work, common causes include:

  • Inability to effectively stabilize a joint
  • Ineffectiveness at decompressing a pinched nerve
  • Recurrent disc herniation after surgery
  • Technical error or nerve damage caused by surgery
  • Scar tissue buildup

If you’re still having pain after back surgery, you have plenty of options for relief, without having to go through another invasive procedure.  

How is the cause of failed back surgery pain diagnosed?

Diagnosing the cause of failed back surgery pain involves getting updated imaging and evaluating your current symptoms. Dr. Pai may also want to look over your surgery report to get a more detailed explanation of the procedure you had. He may also:

  • Perform a physical examination
  • Request blood testing
  • Watch you walk, bend, or twist

By the end of your exam, Dr. Pai can generally confirm a failed back surgery diagnosis and rule out any other potential causes of back pain. Depending on your specific treatment plan, he may even be able to start part of your treatment the same day.

What is the treatment for failed back surgery pain?

Dr. Pai and the pain specialists at Pain Management Group, LLC offer the revolutionary HF10® spinal cord stimulator (SCS) treatment for failed back surgery pain relief. This next generation SCS system involves surgically placing a small device under your skin, near your spinal column.

The implant sends mild electrical currents to your spinal cord, intercepting pain signals. Because the HF10 system has a 10-year (or more) battery life and doesn’t cause any side effects, it’s known to be a long-lasting treatment.

While spinal cord stimulators are one of the most effective solutions for failed back surgery pain, they’re not for everyone. At Pain Management Group, LLC, your failed back surgery pain treatment may also include:

  • Stretching or physical therapy
  • Epidural steroid injections (ESI)
  • Pain medications
  • Nerve blocks

Dr. Pai works diligently to find just the right solution for you, so you can get relief from failed back surgery pain and get back to your regular activities.

Find out what the team at Pain Management Group, LLC can do to relieve your back pain after surgery by scheduling an evaluation. Book online or over the phone.