Do you have pain as a result of Failed Surgery?

Failed Back Surgery Scar

What is Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) or Post-laminectomy Syndrome?

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS) or Post-laminectomy Syndrome refers to a subset of patients who have new or persistent pain after spinal surgery for neck, back, arm or leg pain.


Symptoms may include chronic pain in the back, neck, arms or legs, which can be dull or sharp, aching, burning, or radiating. New pain may appear at a different location from where surgery occurred.  Restricted mobility, numbness and spasms can also happen. The pain may continue after surgery or reappear several days, weeks or even months afterward. It can worsen as scar tissue builds in the spinal nerve roots, which extend from the spinal cord.


It is mainly a clinical diagnosis based on the fact of worsening or no pain alleviation on the area of the body for which the surgery was intended to treat.

Treatment Options

This is a challenging condition although there is still hope for people afflicted with this condition.  Conservative treatment like physical therapy, spinal interventions like nerve blocks and perhaps a more effective approach through a spinal cord stimulator placement are some of the alternatives available for this severe condition.

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