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Radio Frequency Ablation

Started by Bill M on 07/13/2011 11:40am

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?

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I have a bulging disk in my neck plus diagnosed nerve damage that is in my left shoulder. I have been on pain management. The physician assistant said that a nerve block would give me a good shot at less pain. From the research I have done it seems that the lumbar nerve blocks are far more successful than the cervical. The way the pain management doctor does the nerve blocks is you go in and have lidocaine injected into the nerve. You go home and keep a diary and if it works/ doesn't work. They repeat the procedure a week or so later. If both of these tests are successful they do the radio frequency ablation. . My mother's fibromyalgia doctor said that a cervical block is most of the time not successful. I would like to hear opinions on this from people who have had CERVICAL ablation.

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Hi, Bill M (and everyone else)--We know this is an older thread, but we'd like to share some new radiofrequency ablation content we recently published: ( Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment for Neck, Back and Sacroiliac Pain ).

We hope this information helps as you weigh whether to pursue this treatment. We wish you all the very best!

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I had RFL done a month ago and still no relief legs still go numb and get sharp pains still have horrible back pain that keeps me from sleeping well.

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Someone my son works for had this with complete remissyof his pain. That was 2years ago and so far he is pain free. It was done at New England Baptist hospital in Boston.

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