Post-Laminectomy Syndrome Treatment in Ohio

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Post-Laminectomy Syndrome Treatment and Alternatives to Surgery

A laminectomy is a procedure designed to relieve pain caused by pressure on the spinal nerves. This pain may be the result of an injury, spinal stenosis, or tumors. Laminectomies may or may not be performed with a spinal fusion.

The procedure removes part of your vertebra–the individual bones that connect to form your spine–to reduce pressure on the spinal nerves, while a fusion connects two or more vertebrae to stabilize the spine.

Whether you’ve had a laminectomy or are considering one, Pain Zero helps you understand your options for alternative pain management therapies. In some cases, surgery is necessary. However, for many people, alternative pain management therapies or minimally invasive spine treatments can improve their pain or even alleviate it.

Why You May Still Have Pain After a Laminectomy and Spinal Fusion

A laminectomy isn’t always successful. Some patients develop post-laminectomy syndrome, or failed back surgery syndrome. Research shows up to 27.6% of patients may develop failed back surgery syndrome after a spinal surgery.

There are a few reasons why you may still have pain after a laminectomy and spinal fusion, including:

  • A complication after the surgery that resulted in additional pain or nerve injury.
  • The original pain did not go away or got worse.
  • The compressed nerves were not the original or only cause of your pain.
  • Your pain has returned because of new bone spurs or a disc herniation near the area of your surgery.
  • The pressure on the nerves was not fully relieved with the surgery.

If you have not improved within one year of your laminectomy or your pain has worsened, the surgery is generally considered to be unsuccessful.

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Post-Laminectomy Syndrome Symptoms

If you have had a laminectomy with or without a spinal fusion and have developed post-laminectomy syndrome, you may have symptoms such as:

  • Disc herniation
  • Low back or neck pain
  • Muscle spasms
  • Neurological symptoms
  • Sciatica pain

Your discomfort may be acute, chronic, or intermittent and can range from mild to severe. Whether you have had a laminectomy or have been told you need one, there are alternative pain management options available to help relieve your pain.

Non-Surgical Pain Management in Ohio for Spinal Fusion and Laminectomies

Pain Zero offers a wide range of alternatives to laminectomy surgery and spinal fusion, as well as pain management options for patients with post-laminectomy syndrome. These therapies can reduce your reliance on pain medication, decrease your pain, and improve your quality of life.

Minimally Invasive Lumbar Decompression

Our team offers minimally invasive lumbar decompression (mild®), which can help patients avoid open spine surgery. Research shows that 88% of patients who had this procedure avoided open lumbar decompression surgery for at least five years. We perform this procedure in our office, and no anesthesia is needed.

Epidural Steroid and Trigger Point Injections

These injections contain corticosteroid, local anesthetic, or anti-inflammatory medications to help reduce back, neck, and sciatica pain in patients with post-laminectomy syndrome, spinal stenosis, and disc herniation. These can be a minimally-invasive alternative to laminectomy surgery and spinal fusion.

Intrathecal Pain Pump

A pain pump is a device that is surgically implanted and directly delivers anti-inflammatory and anesthetic medications into your cerebrospinal fluid. These pumps can work for chronic back and neck pain, pain from failed back surgery syndrome, and sciatica pain. We also provide IV infusions for accurate and controlled medication delivery.

Nerve Blocks

Nerve blocks essentially stop the body’s natural pain signals from reaching the brain, which can result in reduced pain and discomfort. Nerve blocks can help patients with spinal arthritis and spine injuries. Whether you have acute or chronic back or pain, nerve blocks are a low-risk, minimally invasive option.

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation targets the nerves in the spine that transmit pain signals to the brain. By using heat to impair these nerves, radiofrequency ablation can help reduce pain. This minimally invasive technique allows for a fast recovery time and can provide up to six months of pain relief.

Spinal Cord Stimulation

Spinal cord stimulation can help patients avoid spinal surgery or manage discomfort from post-laminectomy syndrome, especially sciatica or leg pain. It works via an implanted device that sends low electrical currents to the spine, disrupting nerve signals and relieving pain. It is controlled with a remote, so you can utilize it whenever you feel pain.

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How effective are these alternative therapies in providing pain relief?

These therapies have been shown to be effective for pain relief; how effective they will be depends on the patient. Research supports the efficacy of intrathecal pain pumps, nerve blocks, spinal cord stimulation, and radiofrequency ablation for reducing pain intensity in patients with post-laminectomy syndrome. 

Can alternative therapies be combined or used with conventional treatments or medications?

In some cases, alternative therapies can be combined and used with conventional treatments or medications. Our team will help you explore all your options for pain relief, whether you have been told you need surgery or have already had a laminectomy.

How long does it typically take to see results from these alternative therapies?

Many therapies have the potential to provide relief within hours or days. We will schedule a follow-up appointment in the weeks after your procedure to reassess your pain, determine the success of the treatment, and pursue other options if necessary.

Can these therapies be used as a long-term solution for managing pain?

Yes, most of our alternative therapies can be used as long-term solutions for managing pain and even avoiding spinal surgery.

Contact Pain Zero Today

At Pain Zero, our goal is to diagnose and treat each source of your pain to help you start feeling better and improve your quality of life. If you are searching for an alternative to laminectomy surgery in Ohio or need pain relief options for post-laminectomy syndrome, schedule an appointment with our team today.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.