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Failed Back Surgery Specialist

Interventional Spine and Pain Institute

Pain Management Specialists & Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Vero Beach, FL & Palm Bay, FL

If you still suffer pain months after spine surgery, you could have failed back surgery syndrome. At Interventional Spine and Pain Institute, pain management specialist Michael Esposito, MD, offers on-site diagnostic technologies to identify the cause of your pain after surgery. Dr. Esposito creates a care plan using regenerative medicine and spinal cord stimulation to provide long-lasting pain relief. Treatment allows you to enjoy a physically active life again. Call the office in Vero Beach or Palm Bay, Florida, to schedule a failed back surgery consultation. You can also book your appointment online today.

Failed Back Surgery Q & A

What is failed back surgery syndrome?

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) describes persistent pain after back surgery.

Previous back surgery can fail for many reasons. It’s possible that during the procedure, your surgeon damaged nerves in your spine. You might also have excess scar tissue in your back that presses on the surrounding nerves.

In some cases, if the surgeon fails to remove all of the herniated disc materials or pieces of bone, you can experience continued pain in the months after your initial surgery.

When should I seek treatment for failed back surgery syndrome?

You should schedule a diagnostic evaluation for failed back surgery syndrome if you continue to have pain that’s not treatable with rest and medications.

Dr. Esposito uses on-site diagnostic imaging to identify the cause of other symptoms that can occur because of failed back surgery syndrome. These symptoms include:

  • Back and neck pain
  • Leg pain
  • Shoulder pain
  • Hip pain

You can also experience tingling, weakness, and numbness in your spine that radiates into your legs and arms.

Based on the results of your imaging tests and a physical exam, Dr. Esposito customizes a treatment plan to manage your pain and improve the health and function of your spine.

How is failed back surgery syndrome treated?

To treat the symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome, Dr. Esposito takes a multidisciplinary approach to your care. He focuses on restoring your spine’s mobility and relieving your pain with one or more therapies.

Treatments for failed back surgery syndrome include:

Regenerative medicine

Injecting platelet-rich plasma (PRP) or stem cells into your spine stimulates your body’s own abilities to heal itself. As new cells grow, they replace cells damaged by surgery and disease so that your spine can heal from the inside out.

Stem cells are able to become the kind of cell needed bone, nerve, or muscle to heal the spinal damage.

Spinal cord stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation allows you to deliver low currents of electricity into the nerves of your spine to interfere with the pain signals traveling to your brain. You control the stimulator with an external remote to treat spine-related pain as it strikes.

If Dr. Esposito determines that a spinal cord stimulator is the right treatment for you, you’ll need to undergo a trial period to ensure that the stimulator relieves your pain. During a minimally invasive procedure, Dr. Esposito will implant the stimulator and a small generator into your body.

Call Interventional Spine and Pain Institute or go online to schedule a pain management consultation for failed back surgery syndrome today.