Hydrodissection is one of the most common procedures performed at The How Clinic. One way to think about hydrodissection is as a very precise way of creating space and separation between structures in the body allowing for the restoration of normal body movement and function. In a normal body, structures can glide across and around the neighboring structures as the body moves. Nerves slide past ligament, around muscles and through connective tissue tunnels. Over time with injury, poor posture or dysfunctional movement patterns things can get stuck or pinched.
Hydrodissection is a minimally invasive surgical technique that is increasingly being used to treat pain in various parts of the body. This technique involves injecting a solution of saline and anesthetic into the affected area to separate the tissue layers, which can help alleviate pain and promote healing. In this blog, we’ll explore hydrodissection in more detail, including how it works, what conditions it can treat, and what patients can expect during the procedure.
How Hydrodissection Works
Hydrodissection works by separating the tissue layers in the affected area, which can help alleviate pain and promote healing. To do this, a solution of saline and anesthetic is injected into the area using a specialized needle or catheter. The solution is carefully injected into the tissue planes, which helps to create space between the layers. This separation can help to relieve pressure on the affected nerves or tissues, which in turn can help alleviate pain and other symptoms.
One of the key benefits of hydrodissection is that it is a minimally invasive procedure that does not require surgery. Because the procedure is performed using a needle or catheter, you don’t have to undergo surgery. It is a simple procedure in the office and you go on with your life!
Conditions Treated by Hydrodissection
Hydrodissection can be used to treat a wide range of conditions, including:
What to Expect During the Procedure at The How Clinic
The area needing treatment is first identified using high resolution ultrasound imaging. This same ultrasound is then used to guide a needle with exquisite precision to the area with the problem. The solution of saline and anesthetic will be carefully injected into the affected area using a needleunder the direct ultrasound observation of our The How Clinic provider. After the injection, you may experience some temporary swelling or discomfort in the affected area. However, this should gradually subside over the next few days. Most patients have complete resolution of the side effects of the procedure within 3 days.
Recovery After Hydrodissection
After hydrodissection,you may need to rest for a day or two to allow the affected area to heal. During this time, youshould avoid strenuous use of the part of the body that underwent treatment.
In some cases, patients may need to undergo physical therapy or other forms of rehabilitation to help restore mobility and function in the affected area. We have relationships with several trusted physical therapists in the area and are able to coordinate care with them as needed.
Benefits of Hydrodissection
Hydrodissection offers several key benefits over traditional surgical procedures. First, because the procedure is minimally invasive, it typically involves less pain, scarring, and downtime than traditional surgery.
Hydrodissection also has a high success rate in relieving pain and other symptoms associated with various conditions. This is because the technique allows for a precise injection of the solution into the affected tissue planes, which can help target the underlying cause of the pain. Hydrodissection can also help promote healing by reducing inflammation and improving blood flow to the affected area.
Another benefit of hydrodissection is that it is a safe and well-tolerated procedure. The solution used in the procedure is typically a mixture of saline and anesthetic, which are both safe and well-tolerated by most patients. Because hydrodissection is minimally invasive, there is also a lower risk of complications or side effects compared to traditional surgical procedures.
Finally, hydrodissection is a versatile procedure that can be used to treat a wide range of conditions. This includes both acute and chronic pain, as well as conditions that affect various parts of the body, including the joints, nerves, and soft tissue.
Hydrodissection is a safe and well-tolerated procedure that offers several benefits over traditional surgical procedures, including less pain, scarring, and downtime. If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms, schedule an appointment with Dr How get a personalized treatment plan that may include this groundbreaking treatment option.