Post Laminectomy Syndrome

A man in blue shirt feeling pain on his back

What is it?

Post-laminectomy syndrome is a pain syndrome the develops in a small portion of patients who have had prior back surgery.

What causes it?

The cause of post-laminectomy syndrome is largely unknown, but it may include arthritis of the facet joints, pinched spinal nerves, or ongoing spinal stenosis or degenerative disc disease in the spine.

How can it be treated?

Treatment of post-laminectomy syndrome generally starts with conservative measures including physical therapy and medication management. Patients may be referred back to the surgeon who performed the back surgery to make sure any implants put in during the surgery look appropriate. If the patient continues to have pain, epidural steroid injections, radiofrequency ablation, and spinal cord stimulation may be viable treatment options.