After being examined by a specialist and determined to have narrowing of the Foramen I haven been offered two courses of action. The first is considered to be the more conservative and involves RF nerve burning. The doctor didn't give me anything more than that they would give me injections into the facet joints trying to numb as many nerves as they can to identify where the nerve compression seems to be the greatest.
On the other hand I have been working with a known nation wide laser spine institute. They want my business and claim a 96% success rate that I will take with a grain of salt. The bottom line comes down to this: does RF nerve burning work? Is it painful? Successful? What about the exploratory injections? What do I need to know about this and is it viable in the long run as a way of treating the symptoms?
What about the laser method of addressing surgical approach that I hesitate calling a cure? I am told that it is a 5-6 day process and hopefully leads up to the 90 minute surgery. As explained to me it is not the "walk out the same day" procedure as described on TV. What aren't they telling me if I might ask those of you that have already been down this road. I feel that an informed decision needs to be made. I don't want to end up as a statistic of failed procedures and frankly I'm scared.
I ask questions because I want to make an informed decision. I appreciate each of you and the experiences that you have had - good and bad. I have no predetermined decision that I am not sharing at this point.