Primary Neurological Conditions

Failed Back Syndrome or Post-Laminectomy Syndrome

Failed Back Syndrome, also called post-laminectomy syndrome, is a condition that can occur when a patient does not experience the desired relief after having spinal surgery. This may happen for a variety of reasons. At Gulf Coast Brain and Spine Center, our team of specialists is experienced in treating Failed Back Syndrome.

Failed back syndrome (FBS), also known as post-laminectomy syndrome, is a common complication following spinal surgery. It is characterized by persistent pain in the area of the surgery site and includes symptoms such as numbness and/or weakness in the lower body. As experts in treating FBS, Gulf Coast Brain and Spine Center has identified several potential causes of this condition.

One common cause of failed back syndrome is scarring that occurs around the affected nerve root due to damaged tissue or a poor outcome from the spinal surgery itself. Another possible cause could be inadequate decompression of the nerve tissue during a laminectomy procedure or inadequate fusion during a fusion surgery. In some cases, the presence of hardware or an infection at the surgical site can contribute to FBS.

In addition to physical modifiers to treatment, Gulf Coast Brain and Spine Center focuses on lifestyle changes for patients with FBS such as engaging in regular physical activity guided by your physician, avoiding activities that put pressure on the surgical site, reducing stress through stress management techniques like yoga or tai chi, and using heat/cold therapies for relief from pain symptoms.

Yoga is an ancient practice that has been used for centuries to promote physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing. One of the many benefits of yoga is relief from chronic pain, including Failed Back Syndrome (FBS). Research suggests regular yoga practice can help reduce FBS-related pain by increasing flexibility in the spine and building muscular strength in the core muscles.

Effective treatment strategies for FBS must be individualized based on each person’s unique medical history and will continue to evolve as medical technology advances. Learn more about this condition and how to treat it on the Spine Health website here.