Today I had a caudal endoscopic Lysis of Adhesions and a SI joint block. I'm now 9 months postop PLIF L4-5, and found out 2.5 months ago there was little fusion noted on the xray. What the xray did show was a significant amount of scar tissue. My pain has been so intense, and the last month had worsened.
I finally decided that I was tired of trying to manage my own pain, and sought out help from this PM Doc.
He made a small incision in the caudal area and directed an endoscopy to the area of scarring. He injected dye and IV fluid to try to break up the scarring, and then injected some hyalauronic acid to soften the scarred area that he could not break up. This was done under moderate sedation, and I was fairly comfortable throughout the procedure.
Right before the procedure my pain was an 8, and both my feet were densely numb.
Three hours later, the area is painful, but my numbness has improved some. I was told it may take up to 3 weeks to know the final outcome, and I will have the procedure one more time, to break up the softened scar tissue in a few weeks.
Even though I'm still dealing with an unstable spine due to the fusion issues, hopefully I will have just a little relief from the severe pain. I'm praying hard for success!!!
Please send some prayers my way...the past two months have been miserable.
Thanks guys!! :-)