With the onset of fairly significant, epidural-fibrosis related pain 15 months post Micro-D (L5-S1), it was recently recommended I look into a procedure called Percutaneous Lysis of Epidural Adhesions. Was wondering if anyone has heard of/experienced this, and if so, what sort of feedback they might have?
From what I gather, based on online reading, they use an instrument called a Racz catheter to both break up scar-tissue/adhesions and deliver anti-inflammatories directly to the affected nerve root. It's performed similiar to an caudal ESI, though saline (and other compounds?) are used to first break up, then shrink the offending material (for more effective delivery of the meds to the nerve).
On paper, this sounds like a godsend, and seems to offer decent prognosis for EXTENDED belief. That said, I've become something of cynic, and it if something seems to good to be true....well......you know....D'oh! On the con-side, 1) it's a fairly new procedure, comparatively (know it's been around for 10 years-ish), and 2) there have been reports for the catheter fraying/breaking while inserted. This has all sorts of warning bells going off in my head, and the tube (while plastic) has some metal portion to it.
I'm trying not to get my hopes up too much, but my pain level has recently shot up significantly, and I don't believe another ESI (what would be my 3rd in this series) is going to offer me much relief (the others haven't done much).
Any input would be GREATLY appreciated.