What is failed back syndrome?

Feb 15, 2022 | Social Security Disability

Back injuries sometimes require surgery to correct the underlying issue. While this works in many cases, there are times when the surgery fails. This can lead to the patient having significant pain. It can make even normal life activities to be patient. 

Failed back syndrome is a term used to denote a poor outcome after back surgery. When this is severe, it can lead to the person being unable to go back to work. This is especially common if the person has to bend, lift, or twist while doing their job duties. 

Some back surgeries have a higher risk

While all back surgeries can fail, there are some that are more likely to do so. For example, a discectomy in the lumbar spine is much less likely to work if the patient is having back pain than if they’re having leg pain. Surgery on a larger area of the spine is more likely to fail than surgery on a small section of the spine. 

Some patients can suffer for many years after a failed back surgery. In some cases, more surgeries are needed to try to provide the patient with relief and a better quality of life. The patient would likely be unable to work while they’re going through that. 

A failed back surgery can be devastating. Some people may never recover enough to return to work. Seeking Social Security Disability can help them to cover their bills. It’s not unusual for SSD claims to be denied the first time. Working with someone who’s familiar with these cases is critical so they can help you to handle the appeals that you’ll likely have to file.