Post-laminectomy syndrome, sometimes also called as failed back syndrome (FBS) is a medical condition that is typified by persistent or chronic back pain, even leg pain, usually manifesting after a back (spinal) surgery and usually after a laminectomy. Failed back syndrome (FBS), is also called “failed back surgery syndrome” (FBSS) referring to post laminectomy chronic back or leg pain after a spinal cord surgery.
As the chronic pain builds up, post laminectomy procedure or a spinal cord surgery referring to the displacement or removal of bone behind the vertebrae. The surgical procedure performed on the spine is
accomplished to remove the harmful pressure on the spinal cord nerve or nerve roots. However, in some cases after the laminectomy procedure, bone / bones or soft tissues remains to press or push harmful pressure on the spinal nerve or nerve roots. As scar tissues may develop the spinal joints starts to get irritated by the constant pressing and get inflamed. Hence, the name "post-laminectomy syndrome” came about due to the pain or chronic pain generated post or after a laminectomy or back surgery.