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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Failed back surgery syndrome, also called post-laminectomy syndrome, has a misleading name. While the surgery may have had some success, the generalized term refers to continued pain after a back surgery. Some patients do not experience complete pain relief after back surgery due to the complex nature of the spine and nervous system.

It is important that you receive as accurate a diagnosis as possible through imaging tests, blood tests and other diagnostic methods at your physician’s disposal. Back pain may be the result of several conditions and may not have just one source. The more information your physician gathers about your specific case, the better your treatment options.

Pain after back surgery may subside as you continue to heal. During this time, you may experience pain in your back or neck or it may radiate out into your limbs. Temporary pain management options serve as a bridge until you are fully recovered. Pain after surgery may also be a result of the original condition, such as lumbar disk disease, or a complication of surgery like scar tissue.

Certain conditions raise your risk for pain associated with failed back surgery syndrome. Diabetes, peripheral vascular disease and autoimmune disorders such as lupus affect your body’s ability to recover and heal after surgery. Depression and anxiety may also contribute to pain after surgery.

When you still experience pain after back surgery, you may feel like you have no options. Indiana University Health Pain Management physicians provide a wide range of treatment choices to fit your personal situation. Our fellowship-trained physicians have the expertise necessary to find your pain relief solution.

IU Health Pain Management physicians have experience in physical medicine, neurology and anesthesia that benefits patients with complicated pain problems. We offer comprehensive, personalized treatment plans to help you with pain, the emotional challenges of chronic pain and loss of function associated with back problems. Our patient-centered approach to care means we work with you as a healthcare team to manage pain.

How We Can Help

How We Can Help

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Treatment Information

We provide comprehensive treatment options to alleviate your pain from failed back surgery syndrome, including:


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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome Support Services

Learn more about physical therapy’s role in pain relief by visiting the website below: