Failed Back Syndrome

Because spine surgery can be complicated, some patients can still experience pain after back or spine surgery. This is referred to as failed back syndrome, and generally occurs because the lesion that was operated on is not the actual source of the patient’s pain. At The Spine Center, Doctor Saqib Siddiqui provides minimally invasive methods to deliver fast pain relief and recovery for patients with failed back syndrome.

Failed Back Syndrome


Failed back syndrome (or failed back surgery syndrome — FBSS) is a condition in which patients have an unsuccessful result with back or spine surgery, or who have experienced continued pain after spine surgery.

Spine surgery is only able to change anatomy, to specifically fix an anatomical lesion. The top cause of failed back surgeries is that the lesion operated on was not in fact the source of pain. Some types of surgery are more effective at alleviating pain than others. Therefore it’s best to stick to operations that have a high success rate and to make sure that lesions in the back are correctly identified before surgery.

Failed back syndrome is not exclusively caused by failed surgery, and can be attributed to a number of other causes, including:

  • Recurrent spinal disc herniation
  • Scar tissue (fibrosis)
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Spinal muscular deconditioning
  • Altered joint mobility


To ensure you are suffering from failed back syndrome and not pain and discomfort from another spinal condition, it is important to schedule a consultation with Dr. Siddiqui at The Spine Center.

Common symptoms of failed back surgery syndrome include:

  • Dull and aching pain
  • Pain that carries through to the back, legs, neck and/or arms
  • Sharp, burning, pricking or stabbing pain in the extremities


At The Spine Center, we understand the frustration of failed back syndrome. That’s why we use minimally invasive techniques to address the actual source of your pain. Because of our dedication and innovative techniques, many of our patients enjoy:

  • Faster recovery time
  • Reduced pain
  • Reduced scarring
  • Decreased need for post-operation pain medication

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Pain after surgery should not go unaddressed. If you’re suffering from failed back syndrome, or think you may be, get treatment immediately. Call (210) 265-1116 or contact us online to set up an appointment.

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