Post-laminectomy Pain Syndrome

Post-laminectomy pain syndrome occurs when following a laminectomy the patient continues to feel persistent pain. A laminectomy is a type of back surgery performed to relieve nerve compression most often associated with a herniated disc.

Doctors may also refer to this syndrome as failed back syndrome since the desired results from the surgery were not achieved and chronic pain still plagues the patient.


There are several reasons as to why a patient might continue to experience pain after the surgery. The compressed nerve might have been too damaged and the surgery could not fully repair it. As the body heals after a laminectomy, scar tissue can form around the nerve causing chronic pain to the patient.


Symptoms for this type of pain vary from person to person. The patient could experience the exact same pain as they had before the surgery. Other symptoms include a dull achy pain in the spine or sharp stabbing pain that radiates down the back of the legs.