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When the Last Resort Fails: Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (PMN article details with comm

See the Pain Medicine News article for full details, but here are some key quotes or points for consideration before having back surgery: Surgery is a last resort in seeking relief for chronic low back pain— the most common cause of disability — but unsuccessful surgery occurs often enough to warrant its own diagnostic code as failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) (1) While the International Association for the Study of Pain has defined the criteria for FBSS, but Jay Joshi, MD, CEO and medical director, National Pain Centers, Vernon, Ill., offered a simpler version. “The patient ends up having the same or more pain in the same area.” (2) Dr. Joshi cited evidence of FBS




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