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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Specialist

Maddox Pain Management

Gil Maddox, MD

Pain Management Physician located in Anniston, AL

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) leaves you with unbearable chronic back pain after a surgical procedure. FBSS sufferers throughout Anniston, Alabama can get relief from their condition with the help of pain management specialist Gil Maddox, MD. Find out which treatment option is best for you by scheduling an exam at Maddox Pain Management. You can book your evaluation by using the online scheduling system, or by calling the clinic.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Q & A

What is failed back surgery syndrome?

The purpose of back or spine surgery is to either decompress a pinched nerve or stabilize weakened or injured vertebrae. The goal is to make the repair and hope that by correcting your spine’s anatomy, your discomfort resolves.

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) describes what patients experience when they don’t get the relief they need after back or spine surgery. In some cases, pain after surgery can be even worse than it was before surgery.   

Does failed back surgery syndrome cause certain symptoms?

Usually, the primary complaint among FBSS sufferers is widespread back pain that continues or progresses long after your surgical procedure. You could also experience:

  • Numbness or tingling in your limbs
  • Muscle weakness
  • Difficulty sleeping

Because FBSS is known for diminishing your quality of life and leaving you in chronic pain, you could also experience depression or other psychological issues.

How is failed back surgery syndrome treated?

Even if you haven’t had success with other treatments in the past, Dr. Maddox offers several types of remedies for failed back surgery syndrome, so you can get the relief you need. You might benefit from epidurals to help alleviate pain and inflammation. Epidural injections are long-lasting and can be repeated once they wear off.

Additionally, if Dr. Maddox finds that you have fibrous adhesions (scar tissue) that are pressing on a nerve, he could perform a Racz procedure.

This minimally-invasive technique involves breaking down fibrous adhesions to free your nerve compression. Ultimately, a Racz procedure helps injectable epidurals or other medications more effective, since they can better reach the affected areas.  

If no other treatments are helping you, Dr. Maddox may suggest spinal cord stimulation (SCS). This is also a minimally-invasive procedure, which involves implanting a specialized device that blocks pain signals. SCS provides pain relief shortly after it’s implanted.

In some cases, Dr. Maddox pairs epidural injections or other treatments with prescription painkillers, like Zohydro® (hydrocodone), to help further get you through serious pain surges.

Book your failed back surgery syndrome evaluation at Maddox Pain Management either online or over the phone.