Pain that Continues after Back Surgery

80-90% of Americans experience debilitating back pain at some point in their lives. For many, it will go away with rest and conservative treatments, but for some, surgery is the only option. 600,000 Americans have spine surgery each year.

The most common back surgeries are diskectomy to repair herniated discs and decompress pinched nerves and spinal fusion to relieve disc pain or to stabilize a painful joint.

At times, people will experience continued pain after back surgery. There can be several causes for this:

  • The surgery worked, but a new problem developed such as:
    • A new disc herniation
    • A new degenerated disc above or below the surgery site
    • A new instability
  • Scar tissue formation
  • Nerve damage that occurred before the back surgery
  • Fusion failure

In addition to the pain itself, new problems, such as anxiety, depression and dependence on prescription drugs, can develop when surgery doesn’t relieve pain. It’s important to look at the bigger picture and address and treat these problems too.

Don’t give up. There is hope. There are new proven treatment options. At The Heilman Center for Spine and Pain Treatment, we will address all facets of your pain, including:

  • Finding the cause of your continued pain
  • Emotional aspects
  • Pain medication recovery