Epidural Adhesiolysis is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat back pain caused by scar tissue on spinal vertebrae. Scar tissue may form for many reasons, including back injuries, back surgeries, or even normal wear-and-tear. It is thought that scar tissue can cause pressure on nerve roots, restricting blood flow and causing inflammation. This procedure removes scar tissue and provides pain relief, as well as remove cytokines, a protein thought to cause inflammation, from the nerve area.
For this procedure, the provider will use x-rays to guide a catheter through an IV to the affected nerves in the spine, then inject a solution to provide pain relief and to dissolve scar tissue surrounding the nerve root, as well as reducing inflammation. The doctor will observe you for approximately half an hour to make sure the medicine works. You should feel relief within 48-72 hours.
Common risks include bleeding, infection, and nerve damage. You should consult with your provider if you are on blood thinners, are immunosuppressed, have an active infection, or are pregnant. Epidural adhesiolysis is a safe and proven procedure shown to have good outcomes for those suffering from failed back surgery syndrome, spinal stenosis, or other back pain that does not respond to regular care. If you or a loved one are suffering from radiating leg and/or back pain, contact us today and begin your path to a pain-free tomorrow!