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Garden State Pain Control

Pain Medicine Physicians & Orthopedics located in Edison, NJ & Clifton, NJ

Back Pain After Surgery

About 31 million Americans experience back pain at any given time: It’s one of the most common reasons for missed work, and the number-one cause of disability worldwide. Although back surgery is widely considered a permanent cure, up to 20% of patients end up returning for a second surgery within a decade. The pain physicians at Garden State Pain Control provide comprehensive treatment options for New Jersey-area patients affected by post-surgery back pain. Call or book your appointment online at one of their convenient locations in Clifton, Jersey City, Edison, or Hazlet, New Jersey.

Back Pain After Surgery Q &A

What causes post-surgery back pain?

Although many people with chronic and severe back pain consider back surgery the treatment option most likely to cure their ailments, surgery is neither required nor advised in the majority of back pain cases.

All too often, back pain surgery fails to treat chronic pain over the long term. Even with debilitating back pain, there’s a significant chance that within a year of having surgery, you’ll function at about the same level as you did before you had surgery.

Several factors can contribute to pain following back surgery, including:

Epidural fibrosis

The routine formation of scar tissue around the roots of the nerves in your back is the leading cause of “failed back surgery syndrome,” a term used to describe situations in which a surgical treatment for back pain was ineffective or made matters worse.  

Adjacent-segment disease

Patients who have undergone spinal fusion surgery are at risk for recurrent pain several years following surgery. This is because the area above or below the segment of vertebrae that was successfully fused is at risk of breaking down, a condition known as adjacent-segment disease.

Recurrent disc herniation

Failed lumbar discectomy surgery often leads to recurrent lumbar disc herniation. It’s estimated that up to 15% of such surgeries fail, causing even more pain and possible disability further down the road.

This problem happens when the tear in the exterior layer of a spinal disc doesn’t seal completely after surgery, leaving the weakened disc prone to rupture.

How can steroid injections help?

Receiving steroid injections in your lumbar spine, or lower back, can help reduce inflammation to relieve post-surgery back pain and improve movement. The pain physicians at Garden State Pain Control offer both transforaminal and interlaminar epidural steroid injections, which are specifically used to address chronic lower back pain.  

What are the benefits of a facet joint injection?

If persistent post-surgery back pain is thought to be caused by degenerative or arthritic conditions or a physical injury, it can usually be treated with a facet joint injection. This injection, which is administered directly to the facet joints of your spine, uses a local anesthetic to block the specific nerve signals that are causing pain.  

What other treatment options are available?

Patients affected by chronic or severe post-surgery back pain may also benefit from one of the following treatments:

Radiofrequency ablation

This minimally-invasive procedure uses X-ray guidance to direct a radiofrequency (RF) needle alongside specific nerves in your lower back. A small amount of electrical current passes through the needle to the nerve, where it disrupts the nerve’s ability to transmit signals.  

Disc decompression

Lumbar disc decompression surgery seeks to relieve pressure on an affected nerve root, usually by removing small pieces of bone that lay over the nerve root, or by removing material from underneath the nerve root to ease pressure and give it more space.

Spinal cord stimulation

A spinal cord stimulator (SCS) is a pain management device that’s surgically placed under your skin. The electrical current that the device sends to the affected nerves in your back interrupts the nerves’ pain signals, so they don’t reach your brain.

Intrathecal pain pump

An intrathecal pain pump is a drug delivery system that uses a small pump, which is surgically placed under the skin of your abdomen, to deliver pain medication directly to your spinal cord through a catheter. An intrathecal pain pump is a common treatment solution for patients with one or more failed back surgeries.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

At Garden State Pain Control, we accept most major insurance plans. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.

Blue Cross
Workers Compensation

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