Failed back syndrome

Dr Henry Knipe et al.

Failed back syndrome refers to persistent leg and/or lumbar back pain after a surgical procedure. The pathophysiology of this syndrome is complex, as often the operation was technically successful. 

Terminology

Other names for failed back syndrome include failed back surgery syndrome, post-laminectomy syndrome, or post-surgical spine syndrome.

Pathology

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Article information

rID: 39787
Section: Syndromes
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Failed back surgery syndrome
  • Post-laminectomy syndrome
  • Post-surgical spine syndrome

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