Up to 20 percent of people who undergo spine surgery each year still have some persistent back or leg pain. When spine surgery doesn’t achieve the desirable results, the condition is then referred to as Post-Laminectomy Syndrome (sometimes called Failed Back Surgery). When accurately diagnosed, most post-surgical pain can be effectively managed. If you’re among those who continue to suffer from back pain after surgery, you know the frustration this can cause.
Why Does Post-Laminectomy Syndrome Develop?
Many factors may cause Post-Laminectomy Syndrome. In many cases, the spinal nerve root, which has been decompressed by the surgery, simply doesn’t fully recover and continues to be a source of chronic nerve pain or sciatica. In other instances, the body’s way of healing includes scar formation, which can surround the nerve roots and cause chronic pain. Another common occurrence is the presence of structural changes in the spine that develop above or below the site of a spinal fusion. Other causes include disc herniation and post-operative spinal or pelvic ligament instability, such as SI joint dysfunction and myofascial pain.
- Similar pain you experienced prior to your surgery
- Dull pain that is primarily located in the spinal column
- Sharp, stabbing pain – commonly referred to as neuropathic pain
- Leg pain