In an epiduroscopy, a physician inserts a long, thin scope into the epidural space – the area between the spinal cord and bones, and the dural sac (which contains fluid). This epiduroscope allows the physician to directly view the space in order to identify scar tissue, inflammation or other causes of pressure and pain. The ability to visualize the epidural space and directly identify problem areas has been found in clinical research to be more effective than standard treatment, such as injections without visualization of the area, for patients with sciatica.
Your physician will be able to determine whether a diagnostic epiduroscopy is appropriate for your specific case. Please start your case review by submitting an MRI report to North American Spine.