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Failed Back Surgery Syndrome

Bellevue Pain and Wellness PLLC

Pain Management Physicians located in Bellevue, WA

Living with chronic back pain can be a significant burden. This struggle can become even more difficult when the anticipated relief following a surgical intervention does not materialize, or when new symptoms emerge post-surgery. This condition, known as Post Laminectomy Syndrome or Failed Back Surgery Syndrome (FBSS), affects many individuals. At Bellevue Pain and Wellness, we understand the physical and emotional stress associated with such a situation, and we're here to help. We strive to provide compassionate care, employing a comprehensive approach tailored to individual patient needs. Our focus is to relieve your pain, enhance your function, and improve your overall quality of life.

We recognize each patient's unique situation, which is why we offer personalized treatment plans. These are designed based on an extensive assessment of your condition, which includes a thorough review of your medical history, previous surgeries, and physical evaluations.

Whether you're experiencing persistent lower back pain, neck pain, or discomfort in the legs, we are committed to finding the best solution for you. It's our goal to help you regain control over your life, providing support and care as you navigate through the complexities of FBSS. At Bellevue Pain and Wellness, we believe in empowering our patients towards better health and wellbeing.

Reach out to us today for your consultation. Begin your journey towards a pain-free life with Bellevue Pain and Wellness.

Failed Back Surgery Syndrome or Post Laminectomy Syndrome Q & A

What is Post Laminectomy Syndrome?

Post laminectomy syndrome is a term used to describe patients who continue to experience pain or discomfort following back surgery. This condition can present as persistent lower back pain, neck pain, or even pain in the legs. FBSS can result from various factors, including the body's natural healing process, surgical complications, or the initial condition progressing despite surgery.


The symptoms can vary from person to person based on several factors including the type of surgery, the initial condition that was treated, and the patient's overall health. However, common symptoms can include:

  1. Persistent Pain: This is the most common symptom of FBSS. The patient might continue to experience pain at the site of the surgery or in other parts of the body. The nature of the pain can vary. It might be a dull ache, a sharp or stabbing pain, or it could feel like a burning sensation.

  2. Neck or Back Pain: Even if the surgery was successful in treating the initial condition, a patient might develop new pain in the back or neck. This can be caused by a number of factors including new or ongoing spinal degeneration.

  3. Numbness or Tingling: Patients with FBSS might experience numbness, tingling, or a pins-and-needles sensation in the arms, legs, back, or neck.

  4. Weakness: Weakness in the limbs can be a symptom of FBSS. This might make it difficult to walk or perform daily tasks.

  5. Reduced Mobility: FBSS can lead to reduced mobility or stiffness in the back or neck. This can limit a patient's ability to move freely and affect their overall quality of life.

  6. Depression or Anxiety: Chronic pain can significantly affect a person's mental health. It's not uncommon for patients with FBSS to experience feelings of depression or anxiety.

Our Expert Approach to FBSS Treatment

We understand the frustration of going through a surgical procedure only to have your symptoms persist or even worsen. That's why at Bellevue Pain and Wellness, we are committed to delivering state-of-the-art treatment options, combining advanced technology with a compassionate, patient-centered approach.

Comprehensive Assessment

Before recommending any treatment plan, our team of spinal experts will conduct a thorough assessment. This includes reviewing your medical history, previous surgical procedures, and a complete physical evaluation. We may also use imaging studies like MRI or CT scans to get a detailed view of your spine.

Personalized Treatment Plans

Once we've identified the cause of your post laminectomy syndrome, we'll develop a customized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This plan may include non-surgical methods like pain management, physical therapy, medication, or interventional procedures. In some cases, revision surgery might be the best option.

Pain Management Techniques

We offer an array of pain management strategies to help you cope with chronic pain. This includes nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulators, and epidural steroid injections. These treatments aim to reduce inflammation and interrupt pain signals to your brain, alleviating discomfort.

Physical Therapy

Physical therapy plays a vital role in our holistic approach to FBSS treatment. We have a team of experienced physical therapists who can provide exercises to improve flexibility, strength, and posture, ultimately reducing pain.

Surgical Intervention

When non-surgical treatments aren't enough, there are minimally invasive techniques and revision surgeries designed to correct any previous surgical issues and provide relief from your symptoms.

We understand the complexities of post laminectomy syndrome and offer a range of treatments to ensure that you have access to the latest and most effective options. Don't let the pain of failed back surgery hold you back from living your life. If you're experiencing FBSS, contact us today for a consultation with Dr. Bowers. Let us help you navigate your path to recovery. Your journey towards pain relief and improved quality of life starts here.