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Our Approach to Treating

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Doctors at NYU Langone’s Spine Center, part of NYU Langone Orthopedic Center, are experts in diagnosing failed back surgery syndrome, in which chronic pain starts or persists after back surgery. Such prior surgeries may include fusion or removal of discs, decompression to relieve pressure on nerves or the spinal cord, or a removal of bone spurs or a piece of bone. Our doctors can also determine if spinal problems are not caused by prior back surgery.

Our pain management and rehabilitation experts work closely with orthopedists to manage the chronic pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome. Experts at NYU Langone’s Rusk Rehabilitation can help you reduce pain, improve mobility, and recuperate from procedures to correct the condition.

Treatment for Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Treatment may include the use of medications, physical therapy, and nonsurgical procedures, such as injections, radiofrequency ablation, and scar tissue softening. Sometimes, additional surgery may be needed.

Our Research and Education in Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Learn more about our research and professional education opportunities.