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If you’ve injured your spine or undergone spinal surgery in the past, scar tissue can build up. Most of the time, this is nothing to worry about. But sometimes, there is a significant amount of scar tissue (adhesions) causing excruciating pain that puts you on the sidelines of the full, active life you deserve.
The surgeons at Kayal Pain & Spine Center, the premier spine surgery center in Westwood, have the training, experience and skills to diagnose your problem quickly and develop the treatment plan that is just right for you.
For some people, the answer is a procedure called epidural lysis of adhesions, a minimally invasive surgery that removes scar tissue from the epidural space within the spine. The epidural space is a tube-like structure that runs from the base of the skull to the sacral region of your spine.
When too much scar tissue builds up because of an injury or previous lumbar spine surgery, it presses against your spinal nerves and causes inflammation and pain. Epidural lysis adhesions can help resolve other spinal problems, including herniated discs, degenerative arthritis, spinal stenosis and degenerative spondylosis.
When you experience pain from scar tissue buildup, your Kayal Pain & Spine Center specialist will consider every possible option, including oral medications and steroid injections. If those treatments are unsuccessful, your surgeon may recommend epidural lysis of adhesions.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make a small incision and then use a catheter to break up the scar tissue. Medications will also be used to soften the adhesions. An X-ray machine (fluoroscope) will help determine the proper placement of the catheter.
The beauty of minimally invasive procedures like epidural lysis of adhesions is that they can be performed quickly and with little to no side effects. The procedure itself should take about 30 to 45 minutes. This is an outpatient procedure, which means you’ll go home the same day. Most patients can resume normal activities the next day. The advantages of minimally invasive procedures include less scarring, minimal blood loss and speedier recovery.
Although it can take a few weeks to experience the benefits of this surgery, it will be life changing when your nagging lower back and leg pain is gone. Relief should last several months or even longer when you undergo ongoing physical therapy.
The Kayal Pain & Spine Center specialists are second to none when you need a spine doctor in Westwood, Franklin Lakes, Glen Rock, Paramus, Stony Point, NY, or beyond. We offer the sophisticated pain and spine therapies and treatments to relieve your pain and restore your active lifestyle. To schedule an appointment, call 844.281.1783 or contact us on the web.