Failed Back Syndrome


Failed Back Syndrome

Up to 40% of patients who undergo traditional open back surgery are victims of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.

The world of traditional open back and neck surgeries is producing patients with failed back surgery syndrome at an alarming rate, up to 40% of patients who undergo open back surgery. Our minimally invasive endoscopic procedures not only remove the vast majority of risk of failed back surgery syndrome but can also gently and effectively stop the pain and suffering from failed back surgeries.

Definition of Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

FBSS, is not actually a syndrome but a generalized term used to describe the condition of patients who have not had successful results with spine surgery (neck or back), specifically the resulting surgery does not alleviate the problem or creates even greater problems and patients experience continuous pain after surgery.

Primary Causes of Failed Back Syndrome

  • Failure to adequately diagnose the condition(s)
  • Failure to adequately treat the condition(s)
  • Surgery performed at the wrong level of the spine
  • Spinal Fusion Failure
  • Creation of new spine conditions at another level after spine fusion (very common)
  • Hardware Insertion
  • Scar Tissue Formation
  • Missed fragment of disc or bone still pinching nerve
  • Inadequate decompression of nerve root\
  • Nerve damage

Symptoms of Failed Back Syndrome

  • Continued/chronic pain
  • New Spine Conditions
  • pain above or below the treated level of the spine
  • Inability to recuperate
  • Limited mobility
  • Sharp/stabbing pain in extremities
  • Dull/aching pain in neck, back or legs
  • Joint immobility
  • Spasms
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Dependence on prescription drugs

Treatment for Failed Back Syndrome

Since Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is not one specific spine condition, the symptoms and history of each patient need to be properly diagnosed in order to determine the best course of treatment. The first step, at no cost to you from us, is to simply fax, mail or e-mail your most recent MRI or CT-Scan report. Then a member of our award winning medical staff will contact you and discuss your symptoms, history and recommended treatment.


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    Are you in need of back pain treatment? Looking for a back doctor in the San Antonio, TX area? Dr. Fogel of the Spine Pain Be Gone Clinic offers an alternative to traditional open back and neck surgeries. Utilizing world-class technologies and highly-advanced tools, Dr. Guy Fogel specializes with innovative minimally invasive spine surgery techniques for his patients.



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    Dr. Fogel offers his patients less painful and time-consuming surgical procedures as compared to traditional open back and neck surgeries, motion limiting fusion surgeries and artificial disc replacements.  He does this by utilizing the latest technologies and techniques for pain causing neck and back conditions through minimally invasive endoscopic procedures. 




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    "He is warm, friendly, courteous and polite. He takes his time and answers all your questions. He did a lumbar fusion on me and I have had no problems."

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Guy Fogel, MD, FAAOS
2833 Babcock
Suite 306
San Antonio, TX 78229