Epiduroscopic intervention in patients with a failed back surgery syndrome
Bratislava Medical Journal
Epiduroscopy is a percutaneous endoscopic technique with an interesting diagnostic and therapeutic potential. The study was aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of this modern minimally invasive method in treating pain together with the accompanying neurological symptoms of patients with a failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS). In the retrospective multicentre clinical study, we monitored the effect of epiduroscopic performance in 40 patients with FBSS before epiduroscopy and after 6 and 12
... The results of the study indicated a significant improvement in back pain after 6 months, at p<0.05. At the same time, a significant improvement was observed in pain radiating to the lower limbs after 6 and 12 months at p<0.05, as well as a significant improvement in the Oswestry Disability Index of the limbs after 6 months and after 12 months (p<0.05). The current summarised results indicate a significant positive effect of epiduroscopy in the treatment of chronic back pain with a reduction in radiating pain to the lower extremities and an increase in patients' quality of life after the procedure (Tab. 2, Fig. 1, Ref. 23).