Post laminectomy syndrome

Post laminectomy syndrome

Post laminectomy syndrome is also called failed back surgery syndrome. It is the condition where pain persists following low back surgery. This low back surgery may include spinal fusion, laminectomy or discectomy. Typically the cause of this is complications during the surgery, iatrogenic causes (wasn’t done properly), poor healing, or the spinal joint above or below failing.

Symptoms of post laminectomy syndrome

The symptoms of post laminectomy surgery may vary from person to person because the key symptom(s) of failed back surgery syndrome is the same pain that you had before the surgery. That is, the surgery didn’t work. Examples include dull aches, stabbing pain, nerve related pain (neuropathic) and pains that radiate from the back down the leg. Allodynia may result, that is the feeling of pain from a non-painful source (tissue paper down the back), or hyperalgesia, that is when someone feels more pain than is appropriate for a given stimulus.

Treatment of post laminectomy syndrome

The treatment of failed back surgery syndrome will largely depend on what the surgery tried to fix in the first instance. Typically corrective surgery will be needed. However conservative measures will likely be needed also. This includes chiropractic and physiotherapy to reduce pain, enhance function and attempt to restore suitable biomechanics to the spine. At Sydney Spine & Sports Centre (S3C) we work closely with patient who are postsurgical and are very qualified in this area to ensure you get back to your peak performance and normal daily function as soon as possible. Our chiropractors and physiotherapists use the latest treatments supported by the latest research to ensure you continue to receive the best and most current treatments.

Causes of low back pain

The following conditions are common causes of low back pain.