Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is fairly common after low back surgery, occurring anywhere from 10 to 40% of the time. It can be a very frustrating situation for pain management doctors in Arizona, And may result in a difficult decision as to whether or not to perform a revision spine surgery.
Recently, researchers at Duke University evaluated failed back surgery treatments comparing spinal cord stimulation versus repeat spine surgery. The researchers looked at the records of over 16,000 patients with Failed Back Surgery Syndrome.
What they discovered was that only 2.4% of the patients underwent spinal cord stimulator implantation versus the rest undergoing repeat surgery.
The findings of the study showed that spinal cord stimulation patients had less than half of the complication rates of those undergoing surgery. The complication rates for the repeat spine surgeries maxed out at 14.4%, while that for SCS maxed out at 6.65%.
The study had some definite limitations. It did not look at clinical outcomes, therefore, was not able to say whether patients were happier in the spinal cord stimulation group. Also, most spinal cord stimulator implants are placed as an outpatient, so hospital stay is not so revealing. The complication rate finding was huge though.
Having stated that though, there have been studies looking at the outcomes for spinal cord stimulation for failed back surgery syndrome. The studies have shown excellent outcomes for both the treatment low back pain and for leg pain that is not indicated for further surgery. The most modern implants are showing over 75% success!
So what the study showed is that spinal cord stimulator implants have lower complication rates and shorter hospital stays then repeat spinal surgery. We already know that they work very well as a last resort option for those with failed back surgery syndrome.
If you have had low back surgery that has either failed or only partially relieved the pain that you suffer from, a spinal cord stimulator may be extremely helpful.
Arizona Pain Specialists has an Award-Winning and Board-Certified team of pain management doctors who are experts in the management of failed back surgery syndrome. This includes all types of spinal injections, medication management along with spinal cord stimulator implants.
Over 50 different insurance plans are accepted including Medicare, Medicaid, Worker’s Compensation, Personal Injury claims and self-pay.
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