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Post-Laminectomy Syndrome

Overview:

A laminectomy is a type of back surgery used to relieve compression on the spinal cord. This procedure is performed when less invasive treatments have failed. Unfortunately, up to 20% of Americans who undergo laminectomy each year experience some degree of persistent back pain. Post-laminectomy syndrome is a condition in which the patient continues to feel pain after undergoing a correctional laminectomy. Treatment for failed back surgery includes epidural steroid injection, trigger point injections, spinal cord stimulator, and more. 

Symptoms:

The most common symptom patients with post-laminectomy syndrome often experience is the similar pain they had prior to surgery. Other signs and symptoms of post-laminectomy syndrome include:

  • Dull and achy pain located in the spinal column following surgery
  • Sharp, pricking and stabbing pain in the lower back 
  • Sharp pain in the legs

Causes:

The recurring pain followed by spinal surgery can be the result of many different factors. Post-laminectomy syndrome can be caused by:

  • Epidural fibrosis (scarring)
  • Returning disc herniation
  • Progressive degeneration of the spine
  • Spinal instability 
  • Incomplete removal of the lamina
  • Infection in the disc space or epidural space

Treatment:

There are numerous treatment options for post-laminectomy syndrome. These include:

We understand that each patient’s pain is unique. Therefore, the treatment recommended to each patient will be personalized to fit their condition and lifestyle. Our multi-disciplinary team of physicians offers advanced interventional and minimally-invasive techniques to help treat chronic, complex pain. Schedule an appointment today to discuss your concerns and what treatment options might be right for you!

Post-Laminectomy Syndrome

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Office Locations

Center for Interventional Pain & Spine, LLC has multiple convenient locations to serve you. Get started by requesting an appointment at any of our offices located in Delaware and Pennsylvania areas near major hospitals and highways.

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
Silverside Carr Corporate Center
405 Silverside Road, Suite 104, Wilmington, DE 19809
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-792-1372
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Brandywine Town Center
3401 Brandywine Parkway, Suite 202, Wilmington, DE 19803
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-477-6955
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Sandhill Plaza
118 Sandhill Drive, Suite 203, Middletown, DE 19709
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-378-0941
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The Helen F. Graham Cancer Center
4701 Ogletown-Stanton Road, Suite 1200, Newark, DE 19713
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-792-1372
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Pike Creek Sports Medicine and Professional Center
3105 Limestone Road, Suite 300, Wilmington, DE 19808
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-482-2212
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Halpern Medical Plaza
1197 Airport Road, Second Floor, Suite 5, Milford, DE 19963
844-365-PAIN (7246)
302-503-3432
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Surgical Center Affiliations

  • Delaware
  • Pennsylvania
Orthopaedic Specialist Surgery Center
1096 Old Churchmans Road, Newark, DE 19713
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Delaware Outpatient Center for Surgery
774 Christiana Road, Ste 2, Bldg B, Newark, DE 19713
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Wilmington Hospital
501 W. 14th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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Wilmington Roxana Canon Arsht Surgicenter
625 W. 12th Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
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First State Surgery Center
1000 Twin C Lane, Suite 200, Newark, DE 19713
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Delaware Surgery Center
200 Banning Street, Suite 110, Dover , DE 19904
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