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Scar Tissue

03/13/2008

Question:

I had L-5 surgery last year. Recently I had another MRI due to a lot of pain in the same area. The doctor said it was scar tissue that has built up and pressing on the nerves. Can this be removed or should I take the injection as he recommended?

Answer:

Hello, thank you for your question. I cannot comment on what treatment is best specifically for you. Only a qualified specialist who has taken your history and done a full physical exam, and looked at your imaging studies, can determine that. As a general rule, I can tell you that attempts at surgical "removal" of scar tissue are almost never successful, and usually the patient feels a little better for a short time, then gets worse again as the scar tissue reforms. Good luck.

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Response by:

David J Hart, MD David J Hart, MD
Associate Professor of Neurosurgery
School of Medicine
Case Western Reserve University