What Is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?
Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) is the term often used to describe persistent pain following back or spine surgery. Spine surgery is performed to:
- Decompress pinched nerve roots
- Stabilize a segment of the spine that is moving abnormally
- Correct spinal deformity
Unfortunately, spine surgery cannot directly cure pain. It is only able to change the anatomy of the spine that is a probable cause of back pain.
Incidence of FBSS
- An estimated 10 to 40 percent of people undergoing back surgery are affected.
- Even with the best surgeon and outcomes, surgery is no more than 95 percent effective.