Post laminectomy syndrome

Post laminectomy syndrome

Post laminectomy syndrome also known as failed back syndrome is a condition whereby the patient continues to experience back or leg pain following surgery such instances commonly occur after a laminectomy.

After laminectomy surgery some patients continue to experience persistent pain. There are a number of reasons for this:

  1. The nerve being decompressed during the surgery was so damaged that it does not fully recover and thus continues to cause pain or sciatica
  2. Scar tissue can form around the nerve roots as the body naturally attempts to defend itself.
  3. Structural changes in the spine post-surgery can result in pain.

Treatments for failed back syndrome