What can you expect?

Epidurolysis is done under local anesthesia. The patients also receive intravenous sedation and analgesia, which makes the procedure easy to tolerate. The amount of sedation given generally depends upon the patient tolerance. We like to communicate with the patients during the procedure to help assess the proper location of the catheter tip.

Immediately after the injection, you may feel your legs slightly heavy and may be numb. Also, you may notice that your pain may be gone or quite less. This is due to the local anesthetic injected. This will last only for a few hours.

Unless there are complications, you should be able to return to your work the day after the catheter is removed. The most common thing you may feel is a sore back.

If the first procedure does not relieve your symptoms in about a week to two weeks, it will not be repeated. The Epidurolysis procedure can be repeated at most every 6 months.

If you are allergic to any of the medications to be injected, if you are on a blood thinning medication (e.g. Coumadin, Warfarin), or if you have an active infection going on, you should not have the injection.