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Epidural Adhesiolysis


Epidural adhesiolysis is surgery to treat long-term back or leg pain. The epidural space is the area between your spinal cord and the bones that make up your spine. Pain may be caused by scar tissue in the epidural space pressing on nerves in your spine. Epidural adhesiolysis may be used to remove the scar tissue.



  • Pain medicine: You may be given a prescription medicine to decrease pain. Do not wait until the pain is severe before you take this medicine.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your healthcare provider or pain specialist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.


  • Rest as needed: As your pain decreases, start doing more. Return to your daily activities as directed. Use a pillow under or between your knees when you sleep. If you sleep on your stomach, use a pillow under your lower abdomen and hips. This may help decrease pain.
  • Assistive devices: A cane, walker or crutches may help you walk and decrease your risk of falling or getting hurt. Ask your healthcare provider if you should use a cane, walker, or crutches. Ask for more information about how to choose and use them correctly.
  • Exercise: Ask your healthcare provider about the best exercise plan for you.
  • Physical therapy: A physical therapist teaches you exercises to help improve movement and strength, and to decrease pain.

Contact your healthcare provider or pain specialist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have a severe low back pain at night or even when resting.
  • You have chills, a cough, or feel weak and achy.
  • You have weakness in one or both legs.
  • Your skin is itchy, swollen, or has a rash.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Seek care immediately or call 911 if:

  • You cannot get an erection.
  • You have a stiff neck or trouble thinking clearly.
  • You have trouble holding back your urine or bowel movements.
  • You have blood, pus, or a foul-smelling odor coming from your surgery area.
  • Your leg, feet, or other parts below the waist feel numb, tingly, or weak.
  • Your symptoms get worse or come back.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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