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This condition, also called “failed back surgery syndrome” (FBSS), is a type of chronic pain. It can develop in some people after spine surgery.


This pain most often develops after a laminectomy procedure. This is the removal of bone at the rear of your vertebrae. The procedure is done to relieve pressure on your spinal nerves. But after a laminectomy, bone or soft tissue may still press on these nerves. Scar tissue may form. And spinal joints may be irritated and inflamed. Pain from any of these issues may be called “post-laminectomy syndrome.”


Symptoms may include pain in your back at the site of your surgery. The pain may also radiate down to your buttock and leg. This pain may feel sharp, or it may feel dull and achy.


Treatment depends on the cause and the severity of your pain. It may include medications, injections or physical therapy. One of the most effective and technologically advanced treatments for FBSS is  spinal cord stimulation. If this are not helpful, additional surgery may be required to relieve your pain.

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