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- Epidural Neuroplasty
The M-Cath enables the treatment of back problems exactly where they are located. This catheter was co-developed by us, based on decades of experience in treating spinal problems, and it presents an expedient advancement of catheter systems currently available on the market. It is suitable for the treatment of acute and chronic herniated disks and scars after preliminary surgery as well as spinal stenoses of light and medium severity.
This type of treatment requires local anesthetic as well as a mild sedation - also called dozing - administered by an anesthetist. Then, without any surgical cut, the M-Cath is inserted into the spinal canal through the natural opening of the coccyx, closely guided by imaging. The M-Cath is a special, highly flexible, thin plastic tube with an inner wire made from nitinol, which is an alloy of nickel and titanium. This combination ensures that the tube is both extremely flexible and also very stable in its form and can not bend when inserted into the spinal canal. At the end of the tube, there is a rounded plastic tip which is directly moved to the inflamed, swollen and constricted tissue of the relevant spinal disk. Through this tube, different substances such as anti-inflammatory, detumescent, analgesic drugs as well as blood circulation-enhancing and scar-dissolving medication are injected – right on target.
The catheter remains inside the body for two or three days, and twice a day, the drug cocktail is injected. The intervention itself takes about 30 minutes and can be carried out in an ambulatory way, too. In cases of very strong pain, or with older patients or patients at risk, hospitalization may become necessary. Thanks to the flexible tube, patients are able to move about freely, but they can return to work only after the catheter is removed.