Dr. Gabor Racz’s lab attracts pain physicians from across the globe to learn from one of the best-known leaders in the field of interventional pain medicine. Lab instructors are selected from a palate of lifelong-earned career relationships and are matched to topics based on experience and practice. Topics focus on the treatment of cervical and thoracic pain, e.g. Epidural Lysis of Adhesions (also known as the Racz Procedure).
This year Pain Relief Ireland are delighted that Dr. Dominic Hegarty (Clinical Director) was invited to deliver the keynote presentation at the Racz International Workshop (USA 2021). The workshop was truly global with virtual delegates from USA, Europe, Middle East and Asia involved in this masterclass to education pain physicians on this technique.
Dr. Hegarty, who was mentored by Prof. Gabor Racz (Texas Tech University & Inventor of the technique) provides this therapy option to many of his patients on a regular basis.
The reason Dr. Hegarty believes this is an excellent choice is because it "offers a personalised and focused treatment targeting the cause of the pain".
The Racz procedure is suitable a option for those with lower back with and without leg pain that is not, or has failed, to respond to other procedures.
"Many individuals I treat may have had disc surgery, laminectomy, or spinal fusion and they continue to have persistent post-surgical pain. In fact, up to 30% who have spinal surgery can continue to have significant pain that impacts on their quality of life".
Dr. Hegarty completed his PhD. thesis on persistent post-surgical pain following discectomy so he has enormous insight and experience in this aspect of chronic pain
Dr. Hegarty points out that you do not need to have spinal surgery to derive benefit from these techniques. The indication for the procedure are growing. Often it is those individuals that are not surgical candidates that do best from his technique so it should always be considered. The evidence in the literature continued to grow to support this option. Over the last decade there has been over 100 peer-reviewed papers on this specific area.
Recently (2021) the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians (ASIPP) published a compensative review of the use of these techniques and provided evidence-based guidance in performing therapeutic epidural procedures, including caudal, interlaminar in lumbar, cervical, and thoracic spinal regions, transforaminal in lumbar spine, and percutaneous adhesiolysis in the lumbar spine. They recommended this technique over more traditional standard epidural. This is a positive and important document (Pain Physician 2021).
This advanced technique should only be performed by those who are trained and experienced with this approach.
"I am delighted to be involved with the world-renown Racz Workshop as I'm keen to ensure the pain physicians everywhere get the best training and in turn the patient will get the best response."
If you suffer from persistent lower back and / or leg pain following discectomy, spinal fusion, or back surgery please contact us and we will arrange an appoint for you to be seen.
If you have persistent neck pain form neck / cervical spine surgery you may also be a candidate for this procedure.
At Pain Relief Ireland we want to help you get better quickly. Please Contact us for an appointment.
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