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Another successful facet rhizotomy

TracyLynneTTracyLynne Posts: 598
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:47 AM in Back Surgery and Neck Surgery
I came to see my Neurosurgeon on Monday, when he bumped my appointment ahead by three months due to uncontrollable pain. He recommended a fourth rhizotomy, as I have had good results with them in the past, so I was game to do it. I figured it was worth asking if he might happen to have an opening in his O.R. this week, as I travel six hours to see him and have to have a driver....lo and behold, he had just had a cancellation for Friday and slotted me in. I feel very, very lucky and it made me realize that our health system really works when you desperately need it! :-)))

My surgeon also injects steroids at some levels, which I know contributes to how quickly I get results, but when I left the hospital four hours after my procedure, my pain was 90% better. It then made me realize how bad it was and how frustrated I had become.

I no longer have the gnawing pain in my lower lumbar spine and SI joints, and two levels of my t-spine are no longer "crushing" my ribcage. Hallelujah!!



  • That's awesome! Glad that your doc was able to fit you in while you were out that way!

    Are you ready for the big storm coming through this weekend? Mt Baker is predicting a great ski season with over 800 inches of snowfall this winter. Better stock up soon!

  • Yay! I am so glad you're feeling better! My surgeon also mentioned the steroids as helping- I was not able to get that because I'd just had a series of injections and was already full of steroids. I am thinking next time that would be a huge plus ;)

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