What are Lysis of Epidural Adhesions?
Lysis of Epidural Adhesions is the process of cutting scar tissue within the body, done to restore normal function and reduce pain.
How are lysis of epidural adhesions performed?
The lysis of epidural adhesions procedure involves separating the connected organs. This surgery is done laparoscopically through small incisions, using small instruments. This minimally invasive procedure is performed to reduce the patient’s symptoms and to free the involved organs so that they can return to their normal function. Any further surgery increases the chance of an adhesion recurring. Depending on the location in the body where the lysis procedure is taking place, it may be possible for the surgeon to place a barrier at the site to reduce the chance of recurrence.
Why are lysis of epidural adhesions performed?
When there is an adhesion, two organs may form an abnormal attachment which can affect the functioning of one or both organs involved and may also cause pain. Most adhesions are discovered during exploratory surgery since diagnostic imaging tests, such as X-rays or ultrasound, are unable to detect them.
How long does the procedure take?
The surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure and takes no more than one hour.