Post-Laminectomy Syndrome

This condition, also called “failed back surgery syndrome,” is a type of chronic pain which can develop in some people after spine surgery or a procedure called a laminectomy procedure. During a laminectomy, a bone at the rear of your vertebrae is removed in order to relieve pressure on your spinal nerves. But after the laminectomy, bone or soft tissue may still press on these nerves which can cause scar tissue to form.

Spinal joints may be irritated and inflamed. Pain from any of these issues may be called “post-laminectomy syndrome.” You may experience pain in your back at the site of your surgery and the pain may also radiate down to your buttock and leg. This pain may feel sharp, or it may feel dull and achy. Treatment depends on the cause and the severity of your pain and may include medications, injections or physical therapy. You may benefit from electrical nerve stimulation or other techniques. If these are not helpful, surgery may relieve your pain. Your PCA physician will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan.