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Radio Frequency Lesioning

Posted by john h on 6/26/00 at 11:43 (022432)

Had the procedure 'Radio Frequency Lesioning on 3 facet joints this morning'. procedure consisted of inserting a needle into the area of the facet where the nerve exits the facet and then heating the area with high frequency radio waves to deaden the nerve for a period from 3-12 months. you are of course awake for the procedure as the doctor ask you question about what you are feeling. not a lot of pain associated with the procedure (IMHO). Took about 45 minutes out patient under a fluroscope. hoping! not for feet but who knows?

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Laurie R on 6/26/00 at 12:14 (022433)

Hi john,
How are you feeling now?? Are you in pain? What kind of doctor does this? I have never heard of this before.Maybe it would help with TTS Thats what is giving me the most pain,maybe it would help because it is a nerve but it is entraped now would that make a difference ?/ Just wondering. I hope this will help you John. My very best to you. Laurie R

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JudyS on 6/26/00 at 13:48 (022436)

Wow John - that sounds interesting. What led you to that treatment? What's the prognosis with it?

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john h on 6/26/00 at 17:10 (022447)

the procedure is done by a pain specialist and is used for back,cervical,some fascial pain and abdominal pain.

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john h on 6/26/00 at 17:12 (022448)

i had never heard of the procedure but the doctor thought with my symptoms and results of nerve blocks to the facet joints that i was an appropriate candidate for the procedure. it is low risk and not very painful. read a lot about it once i searched the web. been around for some years.

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Dr. Zuckerman on 6/26/00 at 18:45 (022453)

Good luck with a quick recovey.!!! I hope it helps the pf. It is a possibility.

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john h on 6/27/00 at 10:03 (022483)

next day after my procedure and i am back at work. the day of the procedure i walked a mile in my birk sandals with no after effect. my back seems better when i am standing but about the same (hurts) when i sit. will be several days to judge the final effect of the procedure. i do not know what it cost but i bet plenty. 3 nurses and a doctor in a surgical setting in a hospital.

Re: Radio Frequency Lesioning

Laurie R on 6/26/00 at 12:14 (022433)

Hi john,
How are you feeling now?? Are you in pain? What kind of doctor does this? I have never heard of this before.Maybe it would help with TTS Thats what is giving me the most pain,maybe it would help because it is a nerve but it is entraped now would that make a difference ?/ Just wondering. I hope this will help you John. My very best to you. Laurie R

Re: Radio Frequency Lesioning

JudyS on 6/26/00 at 13:48 (022436)

Wow John - that sounds interesting. What led you to that treatment? What's the prognosis with it?

Re: Radio Frequency Lesioning

john h on 6/26/00 at 17:10 (022447)

the procedure is done by a pain specialist and is used for back,cervical,some fascial pain and abdominal pain.

Re: Radio Frequency Lesioning

john h on 6/26/00 at 17:12 (022448)

i had never heard of the procedure but the doctor thought with my symptoms and results of nerve blocks to the facet joints that i was an appropriate candidate for the procedure. it is low risk and not very painful. read a lot about it once i searched the web. been around for some years.

Re: Radio Frequency Lesioning

Dr. Zuckerman on 6/26/00 at 18:45 (022453)

Good luck with a quick recovey.!!! I hope it helps the pf. It is a possibility.

Re: Radio Frequency Lesioning

john h on 6/27/00 at 10:03 (022483)

next day after my procedure and i am back at work. the day of the procedure i walked a mile in my birk sandals with no after effect. my back seems better when i am standing but about the same (hurts) when i sit. will be several days to judge the final effect of the procedure. i do not know what it cost but i bet plenty. 3 nurses and a doctor in a surgical setting in a hospital.