What is Post-Laminectomy Syndrome (Failed Back Syndrome)?

The condition after surgery which has failed to reduce or eliminate back pain is called post-laminectomy syndrome (or ‘failed back syndrome’).

If you are suffering from failed back syndrome, there is hope. When diagnosed appropriately, post-laminectomy syndrome can be managed and treated.

A number of factors may contribute to the cause of post-laminectomy syndrome. In some cases, the spinal nerve root is manipulated by surgery and does not fully recover. In other scenarios, scar tissue develops as part of the healing process and causes irritation of the nerve roots.

Structural changes of the spine, new disc herniation, spinal or ligament instability, and myofascial pain are also causes of failed back syndrome.

The type of pain that one can experience with Post Laminectomy Syndrome could be dull or achy back pain, pain that radiates to the hips, buttocks or thighs, or sharp pain in the back and legs. Treatments for this syndrome can range from medication and physical therapy, and even additional surgery if the pain is too great. It is crucial to seek a pain management doctor in because an accurate diagnosis is imperative. A precise diagnosis is necessary to facilitate an effective plan of treatment. An evaluation may include x-rays, MRIs, EMGs, and other means of identification. After identifying the source of your ailment, a treatment plan can be prescribed and implemented.

Some people are hesitant to seek professional help because of their fear of more surgery. Each case is specific, and further surgery may not be needed. A specialist may implement other forms of remedy such as physical therapy, medicines, and exercises. Such techniques may promote complete and permanent improvement of failed back syndrome.