A 37-year-old member asked:
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why after spine surgery does my back pain continue?

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Dr. Mark Weston
30 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Success rate not100: Success rate for surgical treatment of ack pain 70%in some groups drops to under 50% depressed smokers work comp mva previouss failed surgery chronic narcotic use all high risk groups for surgical dissatisfaction.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
Dr. Will Moorehead
51 years experience Orthopedic Spine Surgery
Many reasons: Back pain following spine surgery may be related to proper diagnosis and the treatment selected. In addition in regard to sciatica, it may related to the degree of damage to the nerve roots prior to surgery. If there has been a fusion, there may be a failure of the fusion to take (pseudoarthrosis). There may muscle weakness from lack of exercise. Scar tissue & hardware failure have been implicate.
Answered on Oct 4, 2016
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Dr. Edward Hellman
28 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: There are multiple potential causes. Probably sitting down to discuss this with your surgeon would be a good first step. Don't hesitate to seek a second opinion as well.
Answered on Jan 18, 2017
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Dr. William Walsh
16 years experience Addiction Medicine
Back surgery gives anatomic stability, and does not always relieve pain. Trying neuroleptics and avoiding opiates will reduce the hyperalgesia (low pain tolerance and high pain response) that you probably developed before the anatomic repair.
Jan 14, 2017

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