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Radio Frequency Ablation (L3-L4-L5)

I have read all the pertinent info on this procedure but it is still making me nervous for some reason.  Has anyone had this done, which I assume they have, can you give me your personal experience on it to maybe set my mind at ease?  I do understand that everyone's experience is different, but anything to put my mind at ease would be welcomed.  Thanks a lot.



  • I had an RFA done July 2018 L4 L5 unfortunately it did not work for me. Not sure at this point if I have nerve or joint issues still trying to figure that out. It was not a painful procedure for me. I was back to work the next day. I did have relief for about 3 days. I wish you luck. The nerves do grow back 6 months to a year. I have another friend of mine that had good success. 

  • I had a thoracic RFA in 2016 and was pain free for 3 years. I just had a reparations thoracic RFA yesterday and plan on a lumbar in a couple of weeks. 

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  • Thanks a lot for sharing your experience, it helps to hear some positive stories about it.  Fingers Crossed!

  • Best of luck. My above comment should have read “repeat thoracic RFA””. 

  • I have had RFA procedures for L4-L5, and L5-S3. They worked for me. The key (I have found) is to go home and lie down on ice packs for the remainder of the day. I was forced to go into the office after one of the SI joint RFA procedures, and was in serious pain for a week. 

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