Laminectomy is a type of spine surgery that is used to reduce compression on the spinal nerves by removing the lamina. It is one of many types of back surgeries that are performed to offer relief from back pain. Unfortunately, not all laminectomies or other types of spine surgeries are successful. Up to 20% of patients still report back pain after spine surgery, referred to as post-laminectomy syndrome, or failed back surgery syndrome. At Hanowell Spine Clinic, we focus on minimally-invasive options for back pain, including post-laminectomy syndrome pain treatments.
Back or spine surgery is usually recommended when there is physical evidence of a spinal injury or malformation. When spinal stenosis occurs, the spinal column nerve space has been narrowed, putting pressure on the spinal nerve roots. A laminectomy can help create more space for the nerves, theoretically relieving pain. However, this is not always the result. There could be other factors causing back pain or scar tissue that can result in added pressure to the nerves. For some patients, back surgery does not give them the relief they desire, and other treatments are needed.
Fail Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) Treatment
FBSS or post-laminectomy syndrome pain treatment offers minimally-invasive options to manage back pain. Since surgery was unsuccessful, most patients do not want to attempt another risky procedure with little hope of pain relief. Treatments may include injection therapy to reduce inflammation and pain. Other options include exercises, physical therapy and massage that can manage pain. In some cases, spinal cord stimulation is an option we offer for patients with FBSS. However, this treatment is slightly more invasive but can be effective in relieving back pain.
If you have undergone back surgery and still have back or referred pain, come see us at Hanowell Spine Clinic in Covington, GA. We offer post-laminectomy syndrome pain treatment to give you relief for a higher quality of life.