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Tarlov Cyst Treatment at Medical City

Relief for Tarlov Cyst at Medical City Dallas Hospital

A symptomatic Tarlov cyst is a rare disease, but recovery is possible. It is a dilation of the outer covering of the nerve, allowing spinal fluid to get trapped, forming a cyst. The fluid in the cyst puts pressure on adjacent nerves, causing debilitating symptoms. Tarlov cysts are most prevalent in the sacrum or base of the spine, but could occur in the neck or upper back.. The cyst is embedded in the nerve and should not be cut.

Symptoms of a Tarlov Cyst

  • Tail bone (sacrum) pain or pressure
  • Feels like you’re sitting on a rock
  • Bowel, bladder or sexual problems
  • Vaginal, rectal or abdominal pain
  • Pain and numbness in the buttocks, thighs or feet
  • Onset of pain after a fall or accident
  • History of connective tissue disorders or headaches
  • Pain, tingling or numbness in the neck or upper back

Proven Medical Technique

Dr. Frank Feigenbaum is a board-certified neurosurgeon with extensive experience treating Tarlov cyst patients. He has developed and refined a minimally invasive surgical treatment with proven results. The cyst is a nerve and cannot be removed. Instead, Dr. Feigenbaum opens, explores and treats each cyst under an operating microscope.

Proven Results

  • Dr. Feigenbaum has been surgically treating symptomatic Tarlov cysts for more than 7 years
  • Dr. Feigenbaum has treated more than 700 Tarlov and meningeal cyst patients
  • 12 months following surgery, 70% of patients had improvement in lower extremity pain and numbness
  • 12 months following surgery, more than 70% of patients had improvement in sacral pain

Do You Need to be Checked for Tarlov Cysts?

Take a few minutes to review the Tarlov Cyst screening questions, to see if you may need to be checked.

To make an appointment with Dr. Feigenbaum, email mcdh.spine@hcahealthcare.com or call (972) 566-SPINE.

Fill out a patient history form before your appointment.

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