In the United States, approximately 500,000 spinal surgeries are performed annually. Unfortunately, some 20% of patients report ongoing back pain following spinal surgery. Lack of pain relief after spinal surgery is called post-laminectomy syndrome, or failed back syndrome.
Patients with post-laminectomy syndrome often live with chronic pain and disability, which can cause significant distress. Their suffering may be exacerbated by financial pressure arising from inability to sustain employment. Clearly, post-laminectomy syndrome is a challenging and costly disorder.