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Post Laminectomy Syndrome (failed back surgical syndrome)

Post-laminectomy syndrome (or ‘failed back surgical syndrome’) is the result of a surgery which has failed to reduce or eliminate back pain.

There is hope if you are suffering from failed back surgical syndrome. When diagnosed by a pain management expert, post-laminectomy syndrome can be treated and managed.


Many factors may contribute to the cause of post-laminectomy syndrome. Occasionally the spinal nerve root is manipulated by surgery and does not fully recover. In some cases, scar tissue develops as part of the healing process and causes irritation of the nerve roots. Structural changes of the spine, spinal or ligament instability, new disc herniation and myofascial pain may also cause failed back syndrome.


Pain from Post Laminectomy Syndrome can be dull or achy back pain, pain that radiates to the hips, buttocks or thighs, or sharp pain in the back and legs.

Treatments can range from medication, physical therapy, injections, spinal cord stimulation, and even surgery if the pain is too great.

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