Pain after surgery is more common than many patients may realize. At Center for Pain Management in Edinburg, Texas, Tajul "Tim” Chowdhury, MD offers advanced pain relief treatments that will help you enjoy a pain-free recovery so you can get your life back. Book your appointment using the online tool or call to schedule your pain relief consultation now.
Treatment depends on the degree of pain, the duration of the pain, and whether you have any post-surgery complications. In a successful surgery, most patients have some level of post-surgical pain for a short time after surgery. If your pain continues beyond the expected recovery time, you may need help with chronic pain management.
Pain management after surgery can include medication management, lifestyle changes, and minimally-invasive injections along with a variety of other treatments customized for your needs.
Sometimes, pain management isn't helpful because of physical barriers like scar tissue buildup after surgery. In this case, Dr. Chowdhury may recommend a procedure like spinal endoscopy or epidural adhesiolysis.
A spinal endoscopy is a minimally-invasive surgery that's sometimes used for post-surgical pain. Most spinal endoscopy patients had spine surgery in the past but are now experiencing pain or other complications. If your MRI or other imaging reveals scar tissue buildup, a spinal endoscopy can be an effective way to remove that buildup to relieve your pain.
During a spinal endoscopy, Dr. Chowdhury uses a miniature camera, an endoscope, to view your epidural space in your lower spine while you're under local anesthesia. Dr. Chowdhury then removes the scar tissue that's trapping your nerves to cause pain.
A spinal endoscopy can also allow for more-efficient medication delivery in your spine in the future because your spinal nerves aren't pressured any longer. Spinal endoscopy is usually reserved for serious post-surgical pain that hasn't responded to other treatments like epidural injections.
Epidural adhesiolysis is a procedure for patients after unsuccessful back surgery. Sometimes, after back surgery, you'll have scar tissue binding your nerves to cause even more pain than before. During epidural adhesiolysis, Dr. Chowdhury works to destroy the post-surgery scar tissue. He places a catheter and a needle in your epidural area while you're under local anesthesia.
To break apart the scar tissue effectively, Dr. Chowdhury uses specific catheter motions and injected hypertonic saline. Then, Dr. Chowdhury injects anesthesia and steroids into the area to alleviate pain. If you need epidural injections in the future, they'll be more effective because the scar tissue buildup is gone after an epidural adhesiolysis procedure.
Like spinal endoscopy, epidural adhesiolysis is usually best for cases where other pain management solutions aren't successful.
If you need post-surgery pain relief now, use the online booking tool or call Center for Pain Management today.