What is it?
Procedure involving passing Racz epidural catheter into the epidural space and injecting medicine directly at the site of nerve injury or adhesion to decrease the pain and break up adhesions. The epidural space is the area around your spinal cord.
How it’s performed
A catheter is placed in the epidural space utilizing low dose fluoroscopy x-ray through which a solution of medication and local anesthetic can provide profound analgesia. It is optimal to place the epidural catheter close to the patient’s painful dermatome as possible. Sedation may be offered for patient comfort.
What patients are candidates?
Patients in members with disc problems, epidural adhesions or failed back syndrome from multiple previous surgeries for herniated lumbar disk are candidates.
How long does the procedure take?
Usually 30 to 60 minutes.
General soreness at the injection site as well as in your lower back for up to two weeks.
Most patients report pain relief and increased mobility for months or longer.