Patients that have had a laminectomy may experience chronic back pain as a result of bone or soft tissue that presses on nerves. This condition, also called "failed back syndrome," is a type of chronic pain. It can develop in some people after spine surgery.
Post Laminectomy Syndrome pain most often develops after a procedure. Laminectomy is the removal of bone at the rear of your vertebrae. The purpose of this surgery is to relieve pressure on spinal nerves. After a laminectomy, bone or soft tissue may not resolve pressure on the affected nerves. Scar tissue may form at the spinal joints and become irritated and inflamed. Pain caused by these issues may be referred to as "post-laminectomy syndrome."
Patients that are experiencing pain radiating down the spine to the buttock and leg should contact The Pain Center. Symptoms may include pain in your back at the site of your surgery as well. Pain may feel sharp, or it may feel dull and achy.
Treatment depends on the cause and the severity of your pain. It may include medications, injections or physical therapy. You may benefit from electrical nerve stimulation or other techniques. If these are not helpful, surgery may relieve your pain.
Our entire practice revolves around helping patients feel better. Pain is a fact of life until it interferes with the joys of living. Sandra Thompson, MD, and The Pain Center San Diego have innovative and comprehensive solutions to all forms of discomfort.
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