Radio Frequency Ablation
I have been diagnosed with degenerative disc disease since 2005. I have had a number of epidural injections that have had limited success. I have had (3)surgical consultations with recommendations for spinal fusion. I am resisting that solution. I have gone thru chiropractic, deep tissue message and accupuncture with short term relief. My recent adventure is with radio frequency ablation or RF ablation. The procedure involved identification of the pain source with a steroid injection to the facet joints near L4-L5. If successful, the process is repeated to confirm location. If comfirmed the nerves in the area are deadened with a high frequency signal.
Does anyone have any experience with this procedure? Success/failure? How long did it last? Any side effects?