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Post Laminectomy Syndrome or Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS)


If you’ve had a laminectomy and have healed, but are still experiencing unchanged, worse or new pain, you may have Post Laminectomy Syndrome. You are not alone — about 20% of back surgery patients experience continued, persistent back or leg pain after recovery. This post-surgery problem may be a result of nerve damage, infection, or a surgery that failed to attain its goals. Fortunately, there are numerous therapies that have the potential to reduce your discomfort.

How Our Doctors Diagnose

We begin with a physical examination and a thorough discussion of your surgery and medical history. We’ll order x-ray, MRI, CT scan and/or electromyography (EMG) and review the imaging to possibly pinpoint the source of your pain. Even if we cannot establish the exact cause, we can provide treatment to help alleviate your pain.

Treatment Options

  • Dorsal root ganglion therapy (DRG)
  • Spinal cord stimulation (SCS)
  • Peripheral nerve stimulation (PNS)
  • Epidural steroid injection (ESI)
  • Facet joint injections
  • Lumbar epidural steroid injections(LESI)
  • Transforaminal epidural steroid injections (Transforaminal ESI)
  • Radiofrequency ablation (neuorotomy) (RFA)