In some cases, more intensive care is necessary in treating failed back surgery syndrome and may include:
- Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): Radio waves are applied to a nerve, causing a temporary inability to transmit pain.
- Adhesiolysis: A small catheter is inserted through the tail bone and directed into the epidural space. When the catheter reaches the site of the surgery and finds any adhesions or scar tissue, it is broken apart and moved.
If any of the above treatment options fail, your pain management specialist may recommend additional surgery such as spinal or SI joint fusion, or SI joint rhizotomy.