I just got back from my doctor's appointment.
Since my SCS trial was a big failure 3 months ago, I have been running out of options other than surgery. My 3-level fusion (L4-L5-S1)was done in Feb of 2004 and my L3 has been giving me problems. They are wanting to do a Disco gram to confirm a tear in the L3. I am wanting to do everything possible to avoid any more surgery.
Today the doctor told me that he wants to do a facet injection to determine if a Radiofrequency Ablation procedure will work.
Has anyone had a Radiofrequency Ablation done? He tells me that the process has improved lately and the nerves are not destroyed, just numbed for 6 to 12 months. He says that for the people that this works, he only has to see them once a year to have the procedure redone and they have to take little to no medication after this is done.