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Transforming Failed Surgeries into Success Stories

Are you living with persistent back pain even after undergoing a surgical procedure to address the issue? You may be experiencing a condition known as "failed back surgery," and you're not alone. At the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine (CFRS), we understand the considerable challenges posed by this condition, and our expert team is here to help you overcome them.

Understanding Failed Back Surgery

Failed back surgery, or post-laminectomy syndrome, is a complex condition characterized by the persistence or recurrence of back and leg pain following spinal surgery. While back surgery is intended to alleviate pain and improve functionality, there are instances where the desired outcomes are not achieved. This condition can be disheartening, but the CFRS team specializes in addressing the unique challenges associated with failed back surgery.

Potential Complications Leading to Failed Back Surgery

Several complications may arise after back surgery, prompting patients to seek specialized care at CFRS. Some common complications include:


In cases of spinal fusion, bones may fail to grow together or heal properly, resulting in a condition known as pseudarthrosis.

Our team is experienced in addressing pseudarthrosis through revision spine surgery, offering procedures that encourage proper bone fusion and stability.

Adjacent Level Disease

Degeneration of discs or facet joints directly above or below a spinal fusion site can occur, leading to adjacent level disease.

The CFRS team employs advanced diagnostic techniques to identify adjacent level disease and recommends tailored treatments, such as revision spine surgery or more minimally invasive procedures.

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Recurring Conditions

Spine problems like degenerative disc disease, herniated discs, and spinal stenosis may recur after surgery, either in the same area or a different part of the spine.
Our expert team conducts thorough evaluations to determine the cause of recurring conditions, devising comprehensive treatment plans that may involve revision spine surgery alongside alternative interventions.

Hardware Failure

The screws, rods, plates, and other hardware used during surgery to repair the spine can come loose, leading to hardware failure.

CFRS specializes in addressing hardware failure through meticulous surgical procedures, ensuring the stability and effectiveness of spinal implants.

Progressive Deformities

Post-surgery, a spinal deformity may continue to worsen, causing new back pain.

Our team is skilled in diagnosing and treating progressive deformities, offering personalized solutions to alleviate pain and restore spinal alignment.

Helping You Get It Right The 2nd Time

At CFRS, our primary focus is on providing individualized care to help you overcome the challenges of failed back surgery and return to an active, pain-free lifestyle. Although you may have had a failed back surgery, our team is here to help you find the successful recovery you deserve.

1. Thorough Evaluation

Our expert orthopedic surgeons, Dr. Steve Paragioudakis and Dr. Marc Menkowitz, conduct a comprehensive assessment of your medical history and the specifics of your prior surgery. This evaluation serves as the foundation for developing a precise diagnosis and tailoring an effective treatment plan.

2. State-of-the-Art Diagnostics

CFRS utilizes advanced diagnostic facilities, including X-rays, CT scans, MRI, and other specialized tests, to pinpoint the exact cause of your persistent pain. This technology allows us to identify underlying issues that may have contributed to the failure of your initial surgery.

3. Personalized Treatment Plans

Once the cause of your ongoing pain is identified, our team creates a personalized treatment plan to address your unique needs. This plan may involve minimally invasive spine surgery, robotic spine surgery, revision spine surgery, or alternative interventions, depending on the nature of your condition.

4. Expert Surgical Interventions

Our surgeons are highly skilled in a range of surgical procedures, including spinal decompression, disc replacement, vertebral body replacement, and more. These interventions aim to correct issues arising from failed back surgery, providing lasting relief and restoring mobility.

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Comprehensive Rehabilitation Support

CFRS emphasizes not just surgical intervention but also comprehensive rehabilitation support to ensure a holistic approach to your recovery. 

Take the First Step to a Pain-Free Future

Don't let failed back surgery dictate your quality of life. Take the first step toward a pain-free future by scheduling a consultation with the expert team at the Center for the Functional Restoration of the Spine.

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