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Normal RFA procedures?

Hi everyone, I'm new to the group.

Anywho, I went on Thursday of last week for my first ever Radio Frequency ablation and I was put completely under. From everything that I read, most places will only do up to 3 levels on one side per six months, however I had the L3, L4, L5 and SI joint done all at once on the left side (my hubby counted, I have 18 puncture marks) and am scheduled to have my right side done this coming up week.

After waking up and recovering, when I was walked out to my vehicle, the nurse shut the door on me and told my hubby that I would have to stay in bed for 7-10 days. I didn't believe him when he told me because that goes against everything that I read (and planned... I had planned to be back up and at things before Sunday)

Is this the norm for anyone else?

I'm actually in a good bit of pain... its a different type of pain, occasionally my entire back will tighten up like a labor contraction and then ease back off to just being super sore again. Hopefully this means that the RFA is going to work and I can be pain free for at least a year, if not more.


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  • You need to get a clarification from your doctor. I didn't stay in bed that long after my fusion. I can't imagine them actually wanting you to stay in bed that long.

    Ask your doctor why he is knocking you out when everything you read shows local anesthetic. I'm afraid it's so he can charge more.

    You will be sore for a few days after the procedure. I was able to go back to work the day after mine. I took it easy and didn't do any lifting or quick movements, but I wasn't restricted to staying home in bed either.

    Make a list of questions and ask the next time you go it.

    Several Epidurals, L4-S1 360 ALIF, Numerous Facet Joint Injections, RFA x2
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