Post-laminectomy syndrome is a general term used to describe a variety of chronic pain syndromes experienced by patients as they recover from a type of back surgery called a laminectomy. The precise cause of post-laminectomy syndrome is unknown. One possibility is epidural fibrosis. This is scar tissue that develops after surgery and presses on the nerves and leads to pain.CONTACT US TODAY
Post-laminectomy symptoms are broad and varied with most patients experiencing pain in the lower back, neck, or extremities. Symptoms can include:
More serious symptoms include loss of bowel or bladder control, require a more serious examination in the emergency department.
Diagnosis is made following surgery if your doctor recognizes a developing pattern of chronic pain and poorer-than-expected post-surgical outcomes. An MRI or X-ray can look for inflammation or other structural abnormalities at the lamina removal site.
Because there is a mental health component to recovery, your doctor may perform a mental health screening to rule out any potential mental health challenges that are interfering with your recovery.
Treatments are tailored to your symptoms, although there are generally five treatments we use: