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Post Laminectomy Syndrome

A Common Cause of Chronic Back Pain

When conservative treatments have failed, back surgery may seem like the only solution for relieving chronic pain. For many people, however, back surgery either fails to relieve the pain or makes the pain worse. This unfortunate outcome is known as post laminectomy syndrome or failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

FBSS affects an estimated 15-20% of back surgery patients. This condition is common following the surgical removal of bony overgrowth on the spine (laminectomy) and spinal fusion (the surgical joining of two or more vertebrae). According to Harvard Medical School, spinal fusion is a risky and usually unnecessary procedure that – at best – reduces pain by about 50%.

Center for Pain Management has found that most back pain patients can improve significantly with conservative treatment. If your back surgery was unsuccessful at relieving your pain, please request a consultation by filling out the form below or calling us at (317) 706-7246.

FBSS Causes

Pain that persists or becomes worse after back surgery may have several underlying causes, including: 

  • Degenerative conditions, such as arthritis and degenerative disc disease
  • Excessive production of scar tissue near the nerve root (epidural fibrosis)
  • Inflammation of the membrane surrounding spinal nerves (arachnoiditis)
  • Structural changes in the spinal column
  • Spasms in muscles that control spinal column movement

At Center for Pain Management, we have extensive experience diagnosing the cause of post laminectomy pain, along with proven methods of pain relief.

Post Laminectomy Syndrome Treatment

Our minimally invasive solutions for back pain relief may include a combination of treatments, such as physical therapy, medication management, and spinal cord stimulation implants, which replace pain signals with a slight tingling sensation. Our goal is to help our patients become stronger and improve their quality of life.

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For more than 25 years, Center for Pain Management has been providing relief for patients who have chronic back pain. Our pain management physicians, clinical pain specialists, and medical staff work together to create individualized treatment plans for every patient. If you’ve had back surgery and are still in pain, we encourage you to contact us today.

Please call us to schedule an appointment:  (317) 706-7246.