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. Board-certified pain specialist Dr. Sanford M. Silverman and his team work to make the patient as comfortable as possible. 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.

Where is the Procedure Performed?

This procedure is performed in the offices of Comprehensive Pain Management in Broward County. Though RACZ caudal neurolysis is an outpatient procedure, the patient should not drive themselves home. Someone else should drive them home, and stay with them overnight to make sure all is well.

What if the procedure doesn't work? Dr. Silverman is able to treat pain with several different pain management therapies, often in conjunction with medication and physical therapy. We help patients in Pompano Beach, Deerfield Beach, Parkland, Coconut Creek and throughout South Florida.