Caudal Neurolysis


What is RACZ Caudal Neurolysis and How Does it Help Your Pain?

What You Should Know About RACZ Caudal Neurolysis

RACZ caudal neurolysis is a therapy that treats pain in the legs and back. This pain is caused when scar tissue from an operation compresses the nerves in the spine. This causes shooting pains down the legs and severe pain in the lumbar back.

Is This Procedure Painful?

The procedure should not be painful. During RACZ caudal neurolysis, the patient lies face down on a pillow. An anesthetic is injected into an opening in the sacrum, which is the triangle-shaped bone at the base of the spine. After that, a contrast material is injected into the area so that the physician can see the area on a fluoroscope, which is a special type of X-ray machine. Using the fluoroscope, the physician uses a catheter to inject a steroid or anesthetic into the area of pain. This not only eases the pain but dissolves the scar tissue. Other medications may also be applied, and the patient can have more than one procedure scheduled a few months apart.

Is There Pain Afterwards?

Some patients report that their legs feel heavy and they have some discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, but this is temporary.

Is Caudal Neurolysis Permanent?

Yes. Most patients reported that their pain decreased significantly after RACZ caudal neurolysis, which contributed greatly to their quality of life.