Epidural fibrosis (EF) is a major cause of failed back surgery syndrome (FBSS), which induces disabling radiculopathy for which no effective medical treatment exists. Scar tissue is generally thought to be the potential cause of the patient’s pain if it binds the lumbar nerve root with fibrous adhesion. If it does not do that, it simply forms into an uncomfortable, tight, ropey scar-tissue formation. Either outcome is not desired by most as a gift after surgery, Dr. Shohre Mehvar and a surgeon, she collaborated with developed an acupuncture protocol to dissolve the ropey scar tissue formation completely. You will have a smooth area over the surgical site. Nice, right!
It is recommended that you start acupuncture as soon after your surgery, when your surgeon permits. You will have a smooth surgical area instead of a tight, ropey scar-tissue.
Epidural Fibrosis usually develops about 12 weeks after surgery. We recommend you start acupuncture at least 2 weeks after surgery to avoid and prevent this.
Waiting years after surgery to have this procedure is not recommended.
How many visits? 4-12 visits. If you have diabetes, more visits.
If you do not receive acupuncture to reduce the probability of developing epidural fibrosis, you may require another surgery.
Some other tips to avoid epidural fibrosis: Research on the effect of straight-leg-raising movement on epidural fibrosis in early stage after laminectomy in a rabbit model showed an increase of the formation of epidural fibrosis. However, in this research acupuncture was not provided. Do not do certain exercises and movements in the first 8-12 weeks.