Post laminectomy syndrome

Post laminectomy syndrome, or failed back surgery syndrome, is described as a condition occurring in patients who have not had a successful result with back surgery or spine surgery. Spine surgery is only able to accomplish two things, decompression of a pinched nerve root or stabilization of a painful joint. Unfortunately, back surgery may not be always able to eliminate a patient’s pain completely. Some of the reasons that pain can persist after a back surgery include preoperative nerve damage that does not heal after a decompressive surgery. Also, nerve damage can occur as a result of a surgery causing residual pain.

Treatment Options

After a history and physical exam with your physician and reviewing MRIs or other imaging studies, there are treatment options available for this condition. Generally, treatment is focused on conservative measures first. These can include rehabilitation and some conservative pain management techniques, like epidural steroid injections. Other techniques include exercise, manual therapy, spinal cord stimulation, and/or an implanted pump to deliver pain medication. Talk to your healthcare provider about the different treatment options available to you if you suffer from post-surgical back pain.