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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

SpiniequeenSSpiniequeen Posts: 8
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:00 AM in Recovering from Surgery
Hi all, long time lurker. Here is my story and a couple of questions for you...

I have had 3 surgeries in the last 15 months. My last was in December of 2011.

On my diagnosis on the operative report from December, my surgeon put:
1. failed back surgery
2. grade 2 spondylolisthesis
3. lumbar spinal instability
4. foraminal stenosis
5. sciatica l5-s1

I have been medically retired from my job as a classroom teacher.

With my last surgery, I had a removal of perineural fibrosis and scar tissue, a gill laminectomy, complete facetectomies and foraminotamies bilaterally, and in the area of a psuedoarthrosis, a posterolateral fusion with pedicle screws. (interbody fusion was done a year previous).

Here is the kicker, I am still in tremendous back, butt, and leg pain. My feet just throb even after I lie down.

I know that I was at higher risk, but once you are diagnosed with FBSS, is it a diagnosis that stays with you and just comes to managing symptoms?

I had high hopes for this surgery as it was done by the best surgeon in the southeast. He offered me no promises, but I was still hopeful.

My second question is this, in September, I was diagnosed with chronic nerve damage via emg on the left leg and acute damage on the right (both at the l5/s1 level) and nothing was done to address this until December. Could I now be experiencing permanent nerve damage?

Thanks in advance!
Dec10 Fusion due to grade 2 spondylolisthesis and sciatica. L5/S1. Failed.
Aug11 Hardware Removal, Dural Tear, Foot Drop
Dec11 Salvage fusion at same place. Also a failure.
August 2012 Spinal cord stimulator


  • Yes and yes!

    Sorry but kept this response short for i responded on your other post about failed back surgery already and nerve damage!
    Flexicore ADR 2004 resulting nerve damage l4l5 Fusion 2006 same level, 2009 hardware removal with lami !
    2012 scs implant ,
  • Failed Back Surgery is what I had too, with almost exactly the same :- lumbar instability, stenosis etc.

    I was reoperated in May 2011 and am 90% better. I still get tired when I do too much and the pain you describe took about 6 months to go away for me. I have some permanent damage on the right, but walk fine and if I look back now, it's amazing how far I have come.

    Hang in there.
  • i hope to have the hardware removed in my low back i feel like its worse with it it grinds and feels heavy and bothers the nerves did your doctor tell you any type of problems with removal?
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