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