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Are you also experiencing post procedure back pain?

Overview

The Racz epidural Neurolysis Procedure is used to eliminate scar tissue formation around the capture nerves in the epidural space of the spine. So that the medication such as cortisone can reach the aimed location. The procedure brings a potential decrease in pain caused by scar tissue formation

The cause of Epidural scarring

The epidural scar tissue formation often occurs from bleeding into the epidural space following a back surgery and the consecutive healing process where epidural fat is covered with fibrotic tissues. The scar tissue often forms naturally after a surgical intervention. In some cases scarring occurs due to a rupture disc and the leakage of its inner material

The procedure at PMI

The procedure usually takes between an hour or half. It can be done once, or in a series of up to three injections scheduled in a period of twelve months. At The Pain Management Institute the procedure involves implanting a catheter in the epidural space and guided up to the area of scarring. The whole procedure is done in our fluoroscopy costumes under sterile conditions with IV sedation

What is injected in Racz Epidural Procedure?

The Racz epidural injections composed of the following

  • A mixture of local anesthetic
  • Steroid medications
  • A contrasting pigmentation so that the scar tissue formation can be easily recognized in the fluoroscopy
  • Concentrated sterile salt solution to soften scar tissue

Will I feel pain?

The procedure involves administering a needle under the skin and deep into the tissue. There is some uneasiness involved, that might feel like getting a tetanus shot or skin prick. The tissues under the skin are deaden with a local anesthetic before inserting a spinal needle and catheter

What are the risks and side effects?

Overall, this procedure is safe. However, with any procedure, there are risks, side effects, and the possibility of side effects. Fortunately, the serious side effects and complications are rare. Risks and side effects may include the following:

  • Pain/soreness, occurs most often, however, it is temporary
  • Urinary difficulty – Occasionally, people report some difficulty urinating for the first several hours, post procedure,

Other risks associated with the Racz procedure can include:

  • Spinal puncture risks
  • Headaches
  • Infection
  • Bleeding inside the epidural space with nerve damage
  • Worsening of symptoms

Cortisone injection risks/side effects, such as:

  • Weight gain
  • Increase in blood sugar (mainly in diabetics)
  • Water retention

Retardation of the body’s own natural production of cortisone

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The best therapy for chronic back pain and sciatic pain; Racz Epidural Nuerolysis

Racz Epidural Neurolysis is a minimally invasive procedure followed by a course of injections into the vertebral column, as the remedy for chronic back pain and sciatic pain, the injection is repeated twice a day for optimum results

Back pain is complicated and can be the reason of several underlying causes, studies have shown that the pain often arises due to the excessive growth of scar tissues that might the reactive process of an injury, disc herniation or preceding back surgery

Racz epidural Neurolysis prevents the necessity of surgery in many sufferers experiencing chronic back pain and sciatica pain

The therapy has the ability to grant instant and noticeable ease from long term pain and irritation in the lumbar spine, without any invasive procedure

Conditions leading to Epidural Neurolysis therapy

  • Disc herniation
  • Spinal disc bump
  • Radiculopathy
  • Scar tissue formations

All the above condition leads to common consequences that is nerve pinching or nerve root irritation causing non tolerable pain

Is the Racz Epidural Infusion treatment right for you?

The therapy is advised if the pain lasts longer than 3 months, you should be a patient for  Racz epidural therapy if you have tried all the traditional treatments and experience no reduction in your  pain

The step by step procedure of Racz epidural  Nuerolysis

The procedure is carried out by giving a local anesthesia is given at the base of the spine, the patient is allowed to lie face down the procedure is performed as an inpatient approach the numbing medicine injected is to ensure that the patient does not feel any discomfort during the entire therapy ,using a blunt edged surgical instrument is used to infuse a catheter in to the epidural space around the spinal cord, the catheter contains a combination of numbing and anti inflammatory medications that grants immediate relief from pain and inflammation, reduces spinal bumps and ease nerve pressure, that leads to sciatica, the medications injected are responsible to dilute the scar tissues and adhesion deposited around the spinal cord, the physician observes the whole procedure by fluoroscopy to maintain precision. It takes 30 to 60 minutes for the Racz Epidural Procedure to be carried out.

In a few cases the treatment is necessary to repeat within a few months if the scar tissues need to be dissolved

Post procedure care

  • Weight and diet control
  • Limited weight lifting
  • Physical therapy and light workout
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