Post Laminectomy Syndrome

Post laminectomy syndrome, also called failed back syndrome, is a continuous and chronic pain that can develop after certain types of back surgery.

This pain most often develops after a laminectomy procedure, which is the removal of bone at the rear of your vertebrae. After the surgery, bone or soft tissue may still press on these nerves and spinal joints may be irritated and inflamed. Pain from any of these issues may be called “post-laminectomy syndrome.”


Symptoms may include pain in your back at the site of your surgery. 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.



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