Some patients fail to improve even after the best surgical intervention. In spite of careful diagnosis and a successful operation, a patient may continue to experience pain or limitations in performing daily activities. This ongoing list of symptoms is referred to as “failed back syndrome.” A spinal fusion occurs after the surgeon creates the conditions for the bones of the spine to unite into an immobile block. The union of the fusion mass occurs over time. If the healing of the bone is extended or incomplete, this may lead to pseudoarthrosis (failed fusion). A failed fusion may result from hardware that loosens, inadequate bone placed into the fusion area, excessive motion across the fusion area, infection, smoking, or chronic conditions such as osteoporosis. Treatment may include additional surgery but each patient must be evaluated on an individual basis to determine the best approach for their situation.
To schedule your consultation, complete the ‘Request an Appointment’ section on this page or call Midwest Spine & Brain Institute at 1.800.353.7720. Our spine surgeon team will work with you to determine the best treatment for your condition. If surgery is recommended for your condition, your surgeon will explain the procedure to you, along with the risks and benefits, in order for you to make an informed decision about your care.