Post-Laminectomy Syndrome

Applies to: Back

Post-Laminectomy SyndromePost-Laminectomy Syndrome, also called Failed Back Syndrome (FBS) is a condition where a patient experiences chronic back or leg pain after back surgery, usually laminectomy.

Contributing factors include, but are not limited to:

  • residual or recurrent herniated disc
  • persistent pressure on spinal nerve after surgery
  • altered joint mobility
  • joint hypermobility with instability
  • formation of scar tissue
  • depression, anxiety and sleeplessness
  • spinal muscular deconditioning

An individual may be predisposed to the development of FBS due to systemic disorders such as diabetes, autoimmune disease, and vascular disease.