Epidural Lysis of Adhesions

What are Epidural Lysis of Adhesions?

Epidural lysis of adhesions is a procedure that was developed to help decrease chronic low back pain caused by adhesions and scar tissue formation. Epidural adhesions are an excessive build-up of scarring in the epidural space in the lumbar spine.


Epidural Lysis of Adhesions is a more aggressive form of standard epidural steroid injections. This procedure was specifically formulated to help with the scar tissue formation and adhesions. After a doctor has applied a local anesthetic to numb the area, they insert a catheter into the epidural space. This allows the doctors to access the area of the adhesions and scar tissue.


Contrast material is then injected into the epidural space to outline it, then other fluids are injected in to relieve pain, dissipate scar tissue and reduce inflammation.

Benefits of Epidural Lysis of Adhesions

The primary benefit of epidural lysis of adhesions is pain relief. Most people turn to this procedure after dealing with chronic, persistent low back pain that impacts their overall quality of life. This can happen after a surgical intervention. These adhesions are known for causing persistent leg pain.


This treatment can allow individuals with this pain to get back to their normal activities and regain control of their life.

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Conditions Treated

Your doctor may decide to perform epidural lysis of adhesions for patients who have had previous lower spine surgery and are still experiencing pain. It is also commonly used for individuals who have developed scarring in the spinal canal due to other medical conditions.

Contact Us

If you are struggling with pain and believe that epidural lysis of adhesions may be able to help you, come visit the experts at Principal Spine today. Our pain management doctors are accepting new patients to schedule and appointment, please call our Carrollton clinic at (972) 316-7270 or our Denton clinic at (940) 222-8943.