Epiduroscopy

April, 2020 Minimally invasive treatments

Epiduroscopy is actually the endoscopy of the epidural space, which means observing the spinal canal, epidural space, and nerve fibers, and in many cases can be remedied at the same time as problems in the spinal cord.

This new and up-to-date technique is minimally invasive and very effective. The origin of diffuse organs pain is usually caused by nerve root involvement in the spine (such as disc herniation, adhesion, etc.). All spinal nerves can become inflamed and pressurized. Nerve root block with medication, cures pain and inflammation of these compressed nerves.Sometimes the strong adhesions created near the nerve root prevent the drug from reaching the nerve. In these cases, epiduroscopy is recommended to treat pain and inflammation. In epiduroscopy, a direct observation of the pathology can be seen and the problem can be resolved by injecting the necessary drugs or a special laser at the same time.

The procedure for epiduroscopy is as follows :

First, there is mild sedation and local anesthesia. The doctor then inserts an optic fiber through a hollow needle into the epidural lumbar space and directs it to the upper space. Moving the camera and small surgical instruments will break the adhesions. It is then injected if necessary with anesthetic and anti-inflammatory steroid medication.

An epiduroscopy is performed without anesthesia and the patient can communicate with the medical team during the procedure. This technique does not require hospitalization.

After the end of the epiduroscopy, the patient stays in the recovery room for some time, and the medical staff checks their health status. Most patients can return home on the same day. In some patients, epiduroscopy produces an immediate therapeutic effect, and in some patients, a week or two after epiduroscopy, therapeutic effect appears.

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