Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Have you continued to experience back pain and discomfort even after surgery? You may have failed back surgery syndrome.

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Treating Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is our area of expertise.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (also referred to as FBSS, or failed back syndrome) is a misnomer, because it isn’t really a syndrome – it’s a very generalized term that’s typically used to describe the condition of patients who haven’t had a successful result with back surgery or spine surgery and have experienced continuing pain after surgery. There’s no equivalent term for failed back surgery syndrome in any other form of surgery (e.g. there’s no failed cardiac surgery syndrome, failed knee surgery syndrome, etc.).

There are several reasons that a back surgery might or might not work, and even with the best doctor and for the best indications, spine surgery is no more than 95th predictive of a successful result.

Reasons for Failed Back Surgery and Pain after Surgery

Spine surgery is basically able to accomplish only 2 things:

Decompress a nerve root that’s pinched, or
Stabilize a painful joint.

Unfortunately, back surgery or spine surgery cannot virtually cut out a patient’s pain. It’s only able to change anatomy, and an anatomical lesion (injury) that’s a probable cause of back pain and it should be identified before rather than after back surgery or spine surgery.

By far the number one reason back surgeries don’t seem to be effective and a few patients experience continued pain after surgery is as a result of the region that was operated on isn’t, in fact, the reason for the patient’s pain.

Symptoms a patient may expereince from failed back surgery syndrome can include:

  • Pain consistent with symptoms that existed prior to surgery and/or new symptoms that developed following surgery.
  • Chronic pain that has persisted for at least 6 months following prior surgical intervention.


  • Radio-Frequency Ablation

  • Epidural Steroid Injection

  • Spinal Cord Stimulator

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Laser Spine Orlando has helped me become pain free! Their staff is so knowledgeable and friendly, they really made me feel at home. Thank you Laser Spine Orlando for all the help!

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I submitted my information and was called immediately. I was seen by a Board Certified Neurosurgeon within 24 hours. The entire staff is fantastic!

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Laser Spine Orlando is the only place I've found that has a board-certified neurosurgeon and an equally stellar staff that helps patients through the entire surgical process- Sam F

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I want to thank Dr. Molloy and the staff at Laser Spine Orlando for giving me my life back. Before seeing them I could barely walk and my pain didn't allow me to do anything around the house. After my surgery, I was pain-free within a week and was able to care for my husband without the thought of having to lie down and rest due to pain. -Margaret W

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The staff at Laser Spine Orlando and Dr. Molloy are extremely professional and puts the needs of the patient ahead of themselves. I was able to get an appointment right away with Dr. Molloy after filling out a form online and within two weeks was able to get a much-needed surgery to help relieve my back and leg pain. I love these guys. -Patricia C.

Why Choose Laser Spine Orlando

Laser Spine Orlando believes in a comprehensive approach to spine pain care. Each patient is treated as an individual with personalized treatment and therapy to achieve their personal goals.

30,000 Successful Surgeries

To put it simply...a lot. Our surgeons have performed over 15,000 successful spine procedures. Each one is board certified and extremely skilled in fighting neck and back pain. We are the leaders in Laser Spine Surgery.

Minimally Invasive Procedures

The best choice for patients suffering from neck and back pain. This form of minimally invasive surgery provides an alternative to regular surgical procedures when other treatment methods have not produced the desired results. Laser techniques offer faster recovery times with fewer complications.

Pain Free Living

That's why we are here. We have a duty to the patient to do everything we can to eliminate neck and back pain. Our newest location in Orlando is equipped to handle the most complex cases. Our surgeons are highly specialized and focused on eliminating chronic pain and getting patients back to a pain free life.