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Open Back Surgery Options | NY Spine Medicine

Following open spine surgery, patients can sometimes experience chronic pain in their back, arms, or legs. These syndromes are termed by surgeons and the medical community to be failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

At NY Spine Medicine we have many procedures to reduce the pain caused by failed open back surgery. We stand by our philosophy of trying the least invasive procedures first and always reserve surgery as the last option, only after exhausting all other methods of treatment. We will review all of the options with you and develop a plan of recovery that works within your ideals of treatment.

Common procedures that we use for the treatment of failed open back surgery include epidural steroid injection, nerve root block, facet nerve injection, or radiofrequency rhizotomy. All of these procedures are minimally invasive and cause little to no discomfort. Delivery of medication is done with a fluoroscopic guidance system that ensures the most accurate delivery of medication directly to the affected area. These procedures may be used in conjunction with other traditional treatments such as physical therapy.

Not only do these procedures alleviate pain, but they also improve or cure the underlying problem. We do not mask pain. We improve the underlying abnormalities.