What you need to know about Epidural Lysis Procedure

The Epidural Lysis procedure is also called Racz procedure. The purpose of the Epidural Lysis procedure is to remove excessive scarring in the epidural cavity

The epidural cavity is a narrow space inside the spinal cord and the outer covers of the spinal cord. The over production of scar tissues cause inflammation and nerve immobility

 What patients can be treated with Epidural Lysis procedure

The Epidural Lysis procedure is ideal for the patients who have already undergone major neck or back pain surgery and still could not get expected result. Patients who are suffering from herniated disc syndrome and have not undergone any corrective surgery, then Epidural Lysis Procedure is better for pain relief option

How is the procedure performed?

You will be given a local anesthesia through inter venous injections in your arms or the area where the procedure is to be performed, you will be given a surgical costume and will be accompanied with the nurse and asked to lie down on the stomach for the procedure. The nurse will monitor your heart rate, blood pressure and respiratory rate. The physician will use the special x ray machine to analyze the anatomy of the veins accurately. A contrasting color is injected into the epidural cavity to identify the affected area in the epidural cavity. A special catheter called Racz is inserted that helps the scarring tissues to break up. Finally the steroids and pain killers are injected into the affected area to reduce swelling and pain

How painful is the procedure?

Usually the Epidural Lysis procedure relives the pain. However, in rare cases the pain is sometimes increased in 48 to 72 hours because of the machines used in the procedure


The most observed side effects of the Racz Lysis surgery is pain due to the use of needle and catheter, but the sensation lasts within a week Other rare side effects may involve, bleeding infection nerve injury paralysis and weakness in the lower body

How long does it take for the procedure to work?

Noticeable effects can be seen within a couple of days just after the procedure is performed


The Epidural Lysis procedure is associated with many complications. However the use of imaging techniques may reduce the risks of complications by identifying the correct anatomy. The Epidural Lysis Procedure mostly addresses the pain arising in the lower part of the spine but can also relieve chronic pain in the neck. This technique is safe in many cases and offer significant short term or medium  term pain relief