I am scheduled for RFA Dec 20th. The Facet Joint Injections have helped so they say I'm a candidate for it. I am having the procedure done in the doctors office. They are prescribing me valium to take right before the procedure.
I have to say all the talk from different strings on this board has me a little worried about the pain level during the procedure. Valium is pretty mild to me. I had it in the hospital after my ALIF and it really didn't do squat for me except screw with my sleep. I've been reading of people needing Fentenyl during the procedure. That stuff is wicked powerful. Yet, my doc is only allowing valium (since he is doing it in his office).
I was given the option to having it done in the hospital, but I didn't want to do that due to how much pre-op and post-op time is required.
Just how painful is this procedure to have done???
Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2