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Why after spine surgery does my back pain continue?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Edward Hellman
Dr. Edward Hellman
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Dr. William Walsh
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.
Dr. Will Moorehead
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Will Moorehead
Dr. Will Moorehead
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Dr. Mark Weston
Orthopedic Surgery - Spine

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Mark Weston
Dr. Mark Weston
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