New Back Pain Epidemic, Post-Laminectomy Syndrome, Sweeps Across the U.S.

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Occurrences of failed back surgeries are on the rise with more surgeries being performed in the US each year. The Bonati Institute has assessed its findings over the past year and has seen an increase in patient visits.

Post-Laminectomy Syndrome, also called Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) has become an epidemic for patients with back pain across the country.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome is a generalized term often used to describe the condition of patients who have not had a successful result with back surgery or spine surgery, and have experienced continued pain after surgery.

According to the most recent findings from the National Spine & Pain Centers, about 500,000 spine surgeries are performed in the U.S. each year and yet, surgery is not always successful for everyone. Up to 20 percent of Americans who undergo spine surgery each year still have some degree of persistent back or leg pain afterwards.

Multiple factors contribute to the onset of FBSS including: residual or recurrent disc herniation, persistent post-operative pressure on a spinal nerve, scar tissue, degeneration of facet or sacroiliac joints, muscle de-conditioning. Typical symptoms a patient may encounter include: sharp, prickling stabbing pain in the extremities, pain above or below treated level of the spine, numbness in the back, neck or legs, reduced joint mobility and flexibility, back or neck spasms.

In a 2011 issue of Pain Medicine “Failed Back Surgery Syndrome,” C-W Chan and P. Peng said that initial surgery success rates stand at 50 percent, then 30 percent at the second surgery, 15 percent at the third, and five percent at the fourth.

These declining rates are frequently explained by the fact that recurrent surgeries cause the formation of scar tissue at the nerve root and add to further back instability. Because the incidence of FBSS appears to affect a set percentage of back surgeries, with more and more back surgeries being performed in the U.S., the number of FBSS cases has increased as well.

FBSS is quite costly to both patients and to society as it causes decreased functional capacity, low morale and decreased productivity. Patients suffering from FBSS are often vulnerable to psychological problems and pain management addiction. In the U.S., about two-thirds of chronic pain management patients suffer from FBSS.

The staff at The Bonati Institute will review treatment history, particularly the type of surgery performed and for what reason. Close attention is paid to the result of the surgery and how symptoms have evolved since the operation. Based upon the findings, one of the patented Bonati Spine Procedures performed by Chief Orthopedic Surgeon, Alfred Bonati M.D. or another Bonati Spine Institute surgeon, may be able to provide immediate relief.

For more information call the Bonati team at 855-267-0483 or visit the Bonati Institute website at The Institute is located at 7315 Hudson Ave, Hudson, Florida.

About the company:
The Bonati Institute was founded in 1981 by Dr. Alfred O. Bonati, and is the recognized leader in advanced spine surgery. Over the past ten years, they have a documented, patient-reported nearly 94 percent surgery success rate with their specialized procedures.

Their physicians are the pivotal part of the surgical process. Upon arrival, patients will meet and discuss specific issues with highly trained and experienced neurosurgeon and orthopedic surgeons. These physicians are the same ones who will be performing every step of the surgical process.

The Bonati Procedures represent the state of the art. These patented methods and instruments have long been at the forefront of advanced spine surgery and eliminate the need for traditional invasive open spine and spinal fusion surgeries. From open wound to the most advanced spine surgical procedures, the Bonati Procedures have led the way for more than 25 years for better, safer, results-oriented surgical procedures of the spine. The Institute specializes in spinal fibrosis treatment, herniated disc treatment, spinal cord compression therapy among many others. For more information on The Bonati Institute visit their website.

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