Treatment options may include:
- Electrical stimulation
- Epidural nerve block
- Pain killers (sometimes morphine-based)
- Physical therapy
- Specialist therapies
- Back pain at the site of surgery
- Changed posture
- Difficulty performing daily activities
- Difficulty sleeping
- Leg pain
DIAGNOSIS / TESTS
Diagnostic tests include:
- CAT scan
- Clinical examination
- Family medical history review
Causes & contributing factors may include:
- Surgery wasn’t necessary
- Surgery had unexpected outcome
- Spinal stenosis (spinal cord is narrowed)
- Small part of disc remains after removal, causing irritation
- 20% of patients say they have persistent back pain following spinal surgery.
- Most patients who have a lumbar laminectomy recover with normal function within a year after their operation.
- Smokers are more likely to develop post-laminectomy syndrome following surgery to the back.
- The first laminectomy was performed in 1887 by Victor Alexander Haden Horsley.