After surgery, as you heal, you may develop adhesions or scars within the body. This perfectly natural process as a result of invasive procedures can sometimes become a problem and a source of additional pain, however. After undergoing surgery for pain relief, this can be intensely frustrating for patients.

However, there is a procedure that can help patients suffering from pain related to back surgery. It is called lysis of adhesions or adhesiolysis. The process involves cutting the adhesions within the body to restore normal function of the affected area.

The treatment, which can be performed laparoscopically and is minimally invasive, can treat pain that is specifically related to back surgery. If the scar tissue after the surgery is formed in such a way that presses on nerves in the lower back, it can cause additional pain for the patient. By cutting through this internal scar tissue, pressure can be relieved to help alleviate the associated pain.

If you and your doctor believe that you are a viable candidate for the procedure, here are some things you can expect.

  • A physical examination prior to the procedure as well as a risk assessment based on your lifestyle or preexisting conditions
  • Local or general anesthetic based on your personal needs (because of this, always arrange transportation to and from procedures of this nature)
  • A one to three hour surgical procedure
  • General soreness after the surgery that can normally be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers
  • Postoperative care that includes care for the incision site, medications, and the avoidance of heavy lifting so you do not damage the site

This procedure can be a viable choice for someone suffering from back pain related to a previous surgery. It can reduce the pain significantly and one study showed that 50% of the patients receiving this treatment experienced pain relief.

If you’ve had back surgery, did you continue to experience pain that may have been caused by scar tissue developing near the surgical site?

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