The Journal of Practical Pain Management reports that neurosurgeons and
orthopedic surgeons perform over 200,000 lower back and spine surgeries
every year. The outcomes for success are questionable with up to 40% of
these patients developing
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome or FBSS. The rate of further surgical success to correct the failed procedure
has even more dismal statistics: 30% of those who have FBSS have success
with a second spinal surgery, 15% with a third surgery, and 5% of a fourth
surgery are successful in reducing the degree of chronic pain.
What is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome?
Center for Advanced Orthopedics and Pain Management report that Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is a long-term chronic pain condition
that includes back and/or leg pain. The pain is often described as severe
and never-ending, often worsening throughout the day. The most common
complications from FBSS are scarring and adhesions which damage nerve
roots through compression. While the surgeon may feel he has performed
a successful operation, the patient is left with lifelong pain and suffering
from FBSS that is often extremely severe with little to no relief; this
pain can persist and detrimentally alter one’s life and ability
to function in society.
What can Cause Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)?
With 40% of spine and back surgeries ending with a diagnosis of Failed
Back Surgery Syndrome the cause may found among a variety of reasons.
FBSS can be the result of altered joint mobility related to the surgery
site, scar tissue development and tissue adhesions, post-op pressure on
a spinal nerve, disc herniation post-surgery, surgery site infection,
hardware malfunction or failure, surgeon error where damage to the spinal
nerves occurred, where the surgery was performed at the wrong level, or
the procedure was not performed under the most sterile conditions. In
addition, the surgeon may have performed more surgery than was actually
necessary, did not place and secure the hardware appropriately, or operated
without identifying the true source of original pain and impairment.
Atlanta Back Surgery Syndrome Attorneys
With 40% of patients experiencing Failed Back Surgery Syndrome along with
other serious life-changing complications, consultation with an Atlanta
Failed Back Surgery Syndrome attorney is the right decision to make. You
may be faced with life-long pain, loss of the ability to be gainfully
employed and years of treatment or further surgeries as well as expensive
medications for pain management and control. You may have many questions
you want the answer to such as “Was this the surgeon’s error,”
“Was the hardware used defective or improperly placed?” “Was
my infection caused from the surgery team breaking sterile precautions?”
or “How will I ever be able to work and provide for my family again?”
Call the Atlanta Failed Back Surgery Syndrome attorneys for a successful
claim and compensation. A free consultation to review your situation and
case is beneficial in determining not only your course of action, but
your treatment plan as well. Our Atlanta based attorneys are experts in
working with victims who are suffering from Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.
Make the call to the experienced law team that understands the serious
complications that can occur from back or spinal surgery, such as failed
back surgery syndrome. Call Goldstein & Hayes who will develop a winning
plan with you.