About Lysis of Adhesions
Lysis of epidural adhesions is a minimally invasive procedure that is performed by placing a catheter in the epidural space in order to break up adhesions and inject anesthetics or steroid solutions. There are several reasons for epidural adhesions, also known as scar tissue, to be present, and they can cause significant pain in the back and legs. At Tricity Pain Associates, our team of pain management experts provides lysis of adhesions to alleviate scar tissue and allow for pain relief in the affected area. If you suspect that scar tissue may be the reason for your back or leg pain, this innovative procedure may be ideal for you. To learn more, contact one of our Texas pain management locations to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced physicians.
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Ideal candidates for lysis of adhesions are any individual that is experiencing significant, persistent pain in their back or legs due to scar tissue. These adhesions can develop for a number of reasons, but the most common is due to a previous spinal surgery. Additionally, scar tissue can also occur due to a torn spinal disc. In order to properly identify that adhesions are the cause of your pain, a series of tests will be conducted, including a CT scan, MRI, and/or a digital x-ray. After it has been confirmed that significant scar tissue is present, a treatment plan will be created based on your unique needs.
Lysis of Adhesions Techniques
Lysis of adhesions is performed with the use of a local anesthetic. The procedure starts with the placement of a catheter into the epidural space. The catheter can then be used to break up the adhesions with injected solutions that may include a variety of substances, including anesthetics, corticosteroids, hypertonic saline, or hyaluronidase. In some cases, multiple rounds of injections may be needed over a period of several days in which the catheter would remain in place. Otherwise, the catheter will be removed if no further injections are needed.
What to Expect
Following your procedure, you may need to rest and take it easy for the remainder of the day. A member of our pain management team will also provide you with the appropriate instruction to abide by during your recovery process. Follow-up appointments may be necessary to evaluate your progress and examine your results. For some patients, pain relief can last for several months before additional treatments are needed, but other patients may experience long-term relief. Typically, if your adhesion was due to an injury to more than one area, not all of your symptoms will be treated by a single lysis procedure.
Innovative Treatment Options
When scar tissue is present, it can place pressure on surrounding nerves and tissue, leading to significant pain in the back and legs. With lysis of adhesions, this tissue can be broken up and injections can allow for reduced inflammation and pain. Contact one of our Texas pain management locations to learn more and to schedule a consultation with one of our skilled experts.