Overview of Epidural Adhesiolysis (Balloon Dilatation)
This is a non-surgical procedure using a special catheter containing balloon expansion features for treating Spinal Stenosis caused by degenerative changes of the spine and consequent narrowing of spinal canal.
Unlike conventional neuroplasty where the end of the catheter loosens the adhesion and the drug is injected and this procedure uses a balloon to widen the adhesion region and further maximize the treatment effects. After widening the spinal canal through the expansion of the balloon, enzymes that dissolve the stenosis between the adhesion region and the nerve and anti-inflammation agents that reduce inflammation and swelling of the nerve are injected.
Characteristics of Epidural Adhesiolysis (Balloon Dilatation)
- The procedure is very safe because it is accurately done with real-time video for clear visualization
- The special catheter and balloon extension features used in the procedure are specifically designed to minimize damage to the nerve.
- Because the procedure doesn’t involve surgery, there is less pain, no general anesthesia, and less scarring and no bleeding.
- It is an available option for patients with chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension or osteoporosis in the elderly.
- The procedure time which is 20-30 minutes, is short and recovery is quick with minimal down time and everyday life is possible within a certain period.
Therapeutic Targets of Epidural Adhesiolysis (Balloon Dilatation)
- Spinal Stenosis
- Acute or chronic back pain
- Sustained pain even After spinal surgery
- Chronic back pain
- Tingling sensation of feet
- Anterior Transposition
Precautions after Epidural Adhesiolysis (Balloon Dilatation)
- Excessive work should be avoided during the recovery period. The period may vary depending on the patient's condition.
- After the procedure, the treatment effects can be improved by the combined use of both the therapy of injections that strengthens the ligament and the therapy of nutrient injections for pain immunity that can control the immune system and enhance the body’s capability to resist pain.
- In order to prevent the recurrence of spinal disorders, manual therapy with core exercises can reinforce the deep muscles of the spine should be conducted. Please consult your healthcare professional since it is conducted after the pain is controlled to some extent.
- Because spinal disorders such as spinal stenosis and back pain can re-occur easily in day-to-day life, it is necessary to include steady aerobic exercise, regular stretching, good posture and a healthy lifestyle, along side the treatment performed in the hospital. It is also a good idea for patients to do their best to manage their immune system by reducing stress and eating a good balanced diet.