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Overview of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Pennsylvania doctors sometimes recommend spinal surgery for back, leg, neck or arm pain. However, a patient who was not a good candidate for it may continue to have pain after surgery. This can also happen when the procedure is performed incorrectly. Patients that experience persistent or new pain after spinal surgery often suffer from what is called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome, or FBSS.

After undergoing spinal surgery, a person with FBSS may have more pain or reduced pain that does not go away after the normal healing period. The pain may be caused by scar tissue that forms around the roots of spinal nerves after surgery. FBSS pain can also be related to a muscle spasm or persistent tissue pain.

FBSS may stem from an initial misdiagnosis that results in a patient undergoing unnecessary surgery. A patient may also end up with FBSS because a doctor did not perform a thorough physical evaluation before performing spinal surgery. Surgical mistakes, post-operative infection and bone graft rejection can also lead to cases of FBSS. In addition to pain, other symptoms of FBSS include back spasms, numbness in the lower back and legs, mobility problems and anxiety.

If diagnostic or surgical errors were the cause of a patient's FBSS, then an attorney representing such a patient will endeavor to determine whether such errors rose to the level of medical malpractice. Through the opinions of one or more medical experts as well as a review of the patient's hospital records, it could be demonstrated that the health care practitioner failed to exhibit the required standard of care and should thus be held financially responsible for the patient's losses.

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