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Could You Need Band-Aid Back Surgery? Atlanta, GA
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“Band-Aid Back Surgery” is a slang term for endoscopic spine surgery to relieve persistent pain and discomfort after a previous back surgery. This condition is known as Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS). It can be frustrating and debilitating, as the patient may have gone through surgery hoping for relief from pain, only to find that they are still experiencing discomfort.

Ortho Sports & Spine Physicians has treatments available for FBSS that can help alleviate the symptoms and improve your quality of life. Sometimes we can even treat FBSS with non-surgical methods.

Diagnosing and Treating FBSS

The first step in treating FBSS is to identify the underlying cause of the symptoms. It is important to determine if the pain is due to a surgical complication or a new condition that has developed since the surgery. If the cause of the symptoms is a surgical complication, you may require additional surgery to correct the issue, sometimes called band-aid back surgery.

However, there are several non-surgical treatment options available. These treatments include:

  • Physical therapy
  • Massage
  • Medications
  • Injections
  • Chiropractic care

In addition to non-surgical treatments, surgical options are available for FBSS. These options include spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery and minimally invasive spinal fusion surgery. Spinal cord stimulation involves placing electrodes along the spinal cord to block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Intrathecal drug delivery involves using a pump to deliver medication directly to the spinal cord. Spinal fusion surgery involves the fusion of two or more vertebrae to stabilize the spine and reduce pain.

Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians is proud to be one of the nation’s leading providers of endoscopic spine surgery. Using this advanced surgical technique, we are able to offer effective surgical solutions with fewer complications and a shorter recovery time.

It is important to note that not all patients with FBSS will require surgery. In fact, most patients can find relief through non-surgical treatments. However, for those who do require surgery, it is important to have a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits of each procedure. Your Ortho Sports & Spine Physicians specialist can explain more in a confidential consultation after an exam. They may also order diagnostic scans to obtain a clearer picture of your spine and related conditions.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) Treatment

FBSS can be a frustrating and debilitating condition for patients who have undergone spinal surgery. However, there are treatments available that can help alleviate the symptoms and improve the quality of life for the patient. Non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, medications and other therapies can be effective in reducing pain and improving mobility. Surgical options such as spinal cord stimulation, intrathecal drug delivery and minimally invasive endoscopic spine surgery can also be effective for those who require surgery.

We know that patients who have already undergone back surgery may be hesitant to repeat this process, but many times we can help relieve pain and increase mobility without surgery. Contact us today to schedule an exam and consultation if a previous back surgery failed to relieve your symptoms or if new symptoms have developed.

Posted on behalf of Ortho Sport & Spine Physicians

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