After you’ve had back surgery, such as a laminectomy, it is at best discouraging and at worst harmfully life-altering to continue to have pain, even after you’ve had adequate time to recover. At Failed Back Institute in Weatherford, Texas, Scott Smith, MD is a specialist in the treatment of post-laminectomy syndrome and failed back surgery syndrome. Even if you’ve been told there’s no hope for your recovery, call or book an appointment with Dr. Smith for a viable treatment plan and relief of your pain.
A laminectomy, or decompression surgery, is a procedure used to relieve pain and pressure placed on a spinal nerve by removing the lamina, a part of the vertebrae. This procedure creates space for the spinal cord and associated nerves, so they’re no longer compressed.
Compression of the spinal nerve is due to conditions such as:
A laminectomy is often used after conservative treatments have been unsuccessful.
Post-laminectomy syndrome, also called failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS) or failed back syndrome, refers to a failure of surgical intervention to relieve your back or neck pain.
Symptoms of post-laminectomy syndrome may be similar, different, or perhaps worse than your initial back or neck pain. Depending on the nerves being compressed, symptoms may include:
FBSS is diagnosed after a sufficient amount of time has passed for healing and symptoms haven’t subsided. Diagnostic studies, including MRI, CT, and X-ray imaging and nerve conduction studies, are used to confirm a diagnosis and establish a plan for treatment.
The most common cause of post-laminectomy syndrome is a misdiagnosis of the source of pain or of the area of nerve compression.
Other causes of post-laminectomy syndrome include:
Other factors that may contribute to poor results of a laminectomy include diabetes, obesity, smoking, and poor rehabilitation after surgery.
Dr. Smith takes exceptional time to understand your pre-surgery symptoms, medical and surgical history, and current symptoms. He’s committed to helping you find relief, even if you’ve been told that you’re out of options.
Conservative treatment may include:
Surgical options may include laminectomy revision, spinal fusion, or placement of artificial joints. Using specialized methods and specially designed devices, Dr. Smith uses his extensive knowledge and experience to identify and treat the true source of your pain and give you hope for relief.
For a consultation about your post-laminectomy syndrome and continued pain, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Smith.