“Don’t have back surgery. You will be worse off than before.”

“What if you’ve already had a fusion?”

“I’ve already had back surgery and my pain is worse than before.”

“The fusion worked, but I’m still in pain.”

These are questions and comments we receive daily on Bonati Spine Institute social media pages, web inquiries, emails and phone calls.

To address them, we must first say that all patient conditions are not created equal, therefore there is no one-size-fits-all answer. However, 65% of Bonati patients come to the Institute after failed surgeries from other facilities.

Failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), also referred to by doctors as “post-laminectomy syndrome,” is a generalized term used to describe the condition of a patient whose initial spinal surgery was unsuccessful. As a result of the unsuccessful spine surgery, a patient may still be dealing with the same pain as before or the surgery has led to more significant problems and worsening pain.

Not only does FBSS affect a person’s physical well-being, it can also be a trigger for mental health issues and prevent the patient from seeking out further medical attention that could help.

Patients with an unspecific diagnosis of “back pain” who, after having had one or more operations and interventions in the spine, yet are still in pain, may be at the point where they are told that no further operation is feasible and that the surgeon has “done everything he or she can.” This is where the Bonati Spine Institute parts ways with other spine surgical facilities. Our success rate in alleviating pain from previously failed back surgery is unmatched by any other surgery center.

The Bonati Spine Institute has patented instruments and techniques for spinal hardware removal to correct problems from previous failed traditional open back surgery and spinal fusions. These procedures may include:


Back surgery is a serious consideration, but it is not one you have to face alone or be in the dark about. Our team of surgeons, clinic staff, patient advocates and more are here to help with all your questions and find a solution to your pain. With over 30 years of experience and more than 55,000 successful procedures performed, the Bonati Spine Institute achieves a 98.75% patient satisfaction rate. Allow our physicians and staff to review your case and verify if the Bonati Spine Procedures can help you. To get started, click here to complete our contact form or call us at 855-267-0482.