Failed Back and Neck Surgery Syndromes happen when a surgery to correct pain completely fails to alleviate the pain and in some cases makes the pain worse.
There are many reasons why a surgery could fail to provide results, both related to the patient and the surgeon.
How is it that a patient could cause a surgery to fail. A great example of this would be that a patient has undergone a spinal fusion to correct spinal instability in the lower back. The surgeon has advised the patient that smoking cigarettes which could severely reduce the healing chances and effect the fusion process. The patient ignores the doctor and continues to smoke and the fusion doesn’t heal. This is an example of the patient being at fault.
In what ways could a surgeon be at fault? There are many times that there is fault before the surgery is even performed. If there is an inaccurate diagnoses the surgery will be performed in the wrong area, and possibly the wrong surgery will be done. It is important to seek a second opinion of a specialist before proceeding with surgery of any kind. If two heads can agree on what and where the problem is, it is likely that there will be an accurate diagnosis.
One of the most common reasons for Failed Back and Neck Surgery Syndrome is that the surgeon is just not experienced enough in the technique being performed and he/she doesn’t perform it properly. This is why it is important to ask the right questions to the surgeon before moving forward with the surgery. How long have you been performing back surgeries? How long have you been performing this specific surgical procedure? and how many times a year do you perform this surgery.
Back and neck surgeries are procedures meant to be a permanent fix for a specific problem and correcting failed back or neck surgery is difficult.
Human spine is a complex structure that provides both mobility (so to bend and twist) and stability (so to remain upright). The normal curvature of spine has an “s”- like curve when looked at from the side. This curvature allows even distribution of weight and with stand stress.