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Racine, WI
A 52-year-old male asked:

Hi, i had spinal fusion surgery in march 2013. i am know having pain again in my lower back and down my legs. my doctor says i have fbss. is this true?

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Dr. Robert McMurtrie
Pain Management 24 years experience
Surgery not a fix: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) is a convenient term. Unfortunately, return of pain or new pain after spine surgery is common. As an anesthesiologist, I do not feel that spine surgery is a fix yet. Knee or hip replacement is a fix. Cataracts surgery is a fix. Heart bypass is a fix. Organ transplant is a fix. Spine surgery is only an intricate adjustment but not a fix. So sorry.

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