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Get help for chronic pain. Our Indianapolis pain management specialists offer comprehensive treatment plans for failed back surgery syndrome and other chronic pain conditions.

Post Laminectomy Syndrome: A Common Cause of Chronic Back Pain

When conservative treatments have failed, back surgery may seem like the only solution for relieving chronic pain. For many people, however, back surgery either fails to relieve the pain or makes the pain worse. This unfortunate outcome is known as post laminectomy syndrome or failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS).

FBSS affects an estimated 15-20% of back surgery patients. This condition is common following the surgical removal of bony overgrowth on the spine (laminectomy) and spinal fusion (the surgical joining of two or more vertebrae). According to Harvard Medical School, spinal fusion is a risky and usually unnecessary procedure that – at best – reduces pain by about 50%.

Center for Pain Management has found that most back pain patients can improve significantly with non-surgical treatment. If your back surgery was unsuccessful at relieving your pain, please call us to request a consultation: (317) 706-7246.

FBSS Causes

Pain that persists or becomes worse after back surgery may have several underlying causes, including:

  • Degenerative conditions, such as arthritis and degenerative disc disease
  • Excessive production of scar tissue near the nerve root (epidural fibrosis)
  • Inflammation of the membrane surrounding spinal nerves (arachnoiditis)
  • Structural changes in the spinal column
  • Spasms in muscles that control spinal column movement

At Center for Pain Management, we have extensive experience diagnosing the cause of post laminectomy pain, along with proven methods of pain relief.

Post Laminectomy Syndrome Treatment

Our non-surgical solutions for back pain relief may include a combination of treatments, such as physical therapy, medication management, and spinal cord stimulation implants, which replace pain signals with a slight tingling sensation. Our goal is to help our patients become stronger and live a pain-free life.

Get Help for FBSS

For more than 25 years, Center for Pain Management has been providing relief for patients who have chronic back pain. Our pain management physicians, clinical pain specialists, and medical staff work together to create individualized treatment plans for every patient. If you’ve had back surgery and are still in pain, we encourage you to contact us today.

Please call us to schedule an appointment at our Indianapolis, Greenwood, or Lafayette office:  (317) 706-7246.

Updates + Announcements

Press Release – American Pain Consortium Holdings

Center for Pain Management’s parent organization – American Pain Consortium Holdings – has acquired a surgery center in Columbus, Ohio, and will provide management services to its affiliated pain management practice. Read more about the acquisition in the attached press…
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North Meridian Office CLOSED, April 8, 2019

Patients, Our 8805 N. Meridian St. location is closed today, April 8, due to a water main break.  If you have questions please call 317-706-7246 tomorrow (April 9) during normal business hours. Thank you, Center for  Pain Management

New Research Shows Long Term Results from Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Implants

Patients Report Improvement in Pain Relief & Daily Life Activity Two Years After Spinal Cord Stimulation (SCS) Implants The European Journal of Pain recently accepted a research article for peer review, “Spinal cord stimulation for chronic refractory pain: long‐term effectiveness…
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WEATHER ALERT: All Locations are OPEN During Regular Office Hours

Worried about the weather? Follow us on social media for updates! ALL locations for the Center for Pain Management are OPEN during regular office hours. This includes our Indianapolis, Greenwood and Lafayette, Indiana pain treatment centers. We will update our…
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Dr. Edward Kowlowitz Named One of America’s Top Doctors in Pain Medicine

Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. named Edward Kowlowitz, MD one of America’s Top Doctors in Pain Medicine. Dr. Kowlowitz is 1 of 7 physicians in Indiana to earn this distinguished designation. He has been practicing medicine since 1988 and founded Center…
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