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Understanding Post Laminectomy Syndrome

A Leading Cause of Chronic Back Pain

According to the World Health Organization, back pain is one of the top 10 causes of global disability, and 7 out of 10 people will experience back pain at least once. Research suggests that physical therapy and other conservative interventions should be the first line of treatment. Only when conservative options are unable to alleviate a person’s pain or there are issues with bowel or bladder control should back surgery be considered.

Unfortunately, around 15-20% of people who undergo back surgery fail to see any improvement in their pain and dysfunction. In some cases, their pain actually becomes worse. This undesirable outcome is known as post laminectomy syndrome, or failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

FBSS is common after a procedure called laminectomy and fusion, in which surgeons remove parts of adjacent vertebral bones and then fuse them together. This type of surgery is considered risky and can be expected to reduce pain, at best, by about 50%.

If you are still struggling with debilitating back pain following your spine surgery, please call Integrated Pain Solutions: (614) 383-6450.

FBSS Symptoms and Causes

People living with FBSS experience persistent and/or worsening pain after back surgery. Additional symptoms may include spinal stiffness, numbness, or tingling in an extremity, and decreased activity. Common post surgical causes for this unfortunate condition include: 

  • Spinal muscle spasms 
  • Structural changes in the spinal column
  • A hypersensitive and overactive central nervous system (which can develop after months or years of chronic pain) 
  • Excessive scarring, especially near spinal nerve roots (epidural fibrosis)
  • Tissue inflammation of membranes surrounding spinal nerves (arachnoiditis)
  • Degenerative conditions including osteoarthritis and degenerative disc disease at spinal levels above and below the fusion

Post Laminectomy Syndrome Treatment

At Integrated Pain Solutions, we diagnose the underlying issues contributing to post laminectomy syndrome and provide safe, effective, and customized methods to alleviate pain and improve function. Our non-invasive, evidence-based treatments include exercise regimens and minimally invasive procedures such as spinal cord stimulator implants. 

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Integrated Pain Solutions is an area leader in high quality and individualized back pain treatment. Our team helps our patients maximize their health and well-being. Complete the form below, or call today to schedule your consultation: (614) 383-6450

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