In this minimally invasive procedure a flexible instrument containing a tiny camera, called an epiduroscope, is used to diagnose the cause of pain in the lower spine and legs, likely from sciatica. During the procedure, the surgeon may also administer medication to treat the pain.
This procedure is done through local anesthetic. The surgeon uses x-ray fluoroscopy to locate the problem area. A small incision is made and a catheter containing the epiduroscope is inserted.
The epiduroscope contains a fiber optic camera that will enable the surgeon to look for damage and scar tissue on the spine that may be causing sciatic. The physician may use instruments, inserted through the catheter, to gently remove or break down scar tissue. Anesthetic or corticosteroid medication may also be injected to relieve inflammation of nerve roots.
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