1164 E. Oakland Park Blvd Suite 201, Oakland Park, FL 33334

Failed Back Surgery Specialist

American Pain Experts -  - Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine

American Pain Experts

Board Certified in Anesthesiology, Pain Medicine, and Regenerative Medicine located in Oakland Park, Fort Lauderdale, FL

It’s estimated that 20-40% of patients who have back surgery experience ongoing pain after their procedure, a condition called failed back surgery. If you suffer from failed back surgery, Neel Amin, MD, at American Pain Experts has extensive experience using a wide range of interventional, regenerative, and alternative therapies to create a treatment plan that effectively alleviates your pain. To learn more about treatment for failed back surgery, call the office in Oakland Park within Fort Lauderdale, Florida, or schedule an appointment online.

Failed Back Surgery Q & A

What is failed back surgery?

Failed back surgery refers to back pain that persists after you have surgery to repair the condition causing your pain. You may experience the same pain that bothered you before surgery, or you might develop new back pain.

In some cases, you may feel better after your surgery, then find that the pain returns in a few months. If your pain doesn’t significantly and consistently improve in the first few months after your spine surgery, you may have failed back surgery.

What causes failed back surgery?

Spine surgery is complex, and it doesn’t always produce the expected results for everyone. However, there are other reasons unrelated to your surgical procedure that cause failed back surgery, including:

Postsurgical complications

During your recovery after surgery, you may develop an infection or excessive scarring that prevents complete healing.

New degeneration or disease

Repairing the existing problem in your spine won’t prevent other issues from developing. Additionally, the biomechanics of your spine may change after surgery and accelerate degenerative changes.

Unresolved problems

Your surgery may have repaired one problem, but another condition that was present in a different area of your spine wasn’t identified or treated.

How can I get relief from the pain of failed back surgery?

Dr. Amin takes an integrative approach to relieving your persistent back pain. During your first appointment, he reviews the details of your surgery, performs a complete examination, and orders diagnostic imaging, if needed.

Once he determines the underlying cause of your pain, he creates a customized treatment plan that draws from interventional, regenerative, and multidisciplinary therapies.

Interventional medicine

Dr. Amin may recommend interventional treatments such as:

  • Epidural steroid injections
  • Nerve blocks
  • Medial branch blocks
  • Radiofrequency ablation
  • Spinal cord stimulation

Steroid injections relieve your pain by reducing inflammation. The other treatments target specific nerves that are sending pain messages to the brain. Each technique works differently, but they all block the pain signals, which prevents them from reaching your brain.

Regenerative medicine

Platelets trigger a healing response and stem cells regenerate the new tissues your body needs to rebuild and repair damaged muscles, ligaments, blood vessels, and bones. When Dr. Amin injects a high concentration of platelets and/or stem cells, they promote healing, regulate inflammation, and relieve pain.

Multidisciplinary therapies

Your treatment plan may include multidisciplinary or alternative treatments proven to relieve pain and promote healing, such as physical therapy, therapeutic massage, cold laser therapy, and acupuncture.

If you suffer from failed back surgery, call American Pain Experts or book an appointment online.