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RF Neurotomy (ablation): has this worked for you / how long did it take to notice results?

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,578
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:26 AM in Pain Management
I just had a Radiofrequency Neurotomy done three weeks ago on 12/22/08. Levels L3, L4, L5 (right side). I am hoping this will relieve the pain I have in my lower back, but I have heard it can take anywhere between 2 weeks to 2 months to notice results, if ever.

Have you had this procedure done (once or more) to relieve pain in the lumbar region? Was it successful, and if so how long did it take you to notice relief?

Thanks much.


  • Thanks Paul. I haven't gotten any relief from the lumbar RF Neurotomy, three weeks out. The doctor told me it would be two to three weeks before I noticed any relief, but that he can't do anything more for me if it doesn't work. Blocker injections were sucessful in temporarily relieving pain, which as diagnostic tools were strong indications that the RF burn would be successful.

    With no relief yet, I am hoping to hear some stories that will encourage me to be patient and keep waiting. I don't care how long I have to wait, I just hope it works in the end. If I had a better idea of how long I might have to wait before the relief comes, it would certainly help my patience.
  • I had my lower back done,in january 2008,i had both sides done.It does take about a month to work,mine lasted about a year...
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  • I am 3 months from my RF and my pain is worse, my doc said to give it the entire 8 weeks before evaluating the pain.
  • My genearal practitioner told me yesterday that i should probably try this procedure for my dislocated coccyx(tip of tailbone). I will talk to a pain management physician this Friday to discuss if this would work for me and other options as well. In the last 3 years, I've had caudal epidurals and trigger point injections which I felt was just a bandaid fix. I let you know what I decide.

    Vicki(Agriman's sister)
  • I have been getting this done for the last 4 years. It is the best relief that I have ever had and takes about 4-6 weeks to get results because it takes that long for the nerve to completely die. It has lasted anywhere from 9-12 months for me as the nerves will eventually grow back. Good luck and keep us posted.
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  • After the initial pain from the surgery itself, my relief was immediate. By the evening of the surgeries (I've had three), my pain levels were greatly reduced. The first two gave me approximately six weeks of relief, the third one gave me about six months of relief.

  • I had a Lumbar RF done last Wednesday. Was pretty sore for the next 2 days. SO far not much relief. My Dr said it may take up to a week before any results.
  • I got mines on Monday the 13 of April 09. I'm still evaluating the results. So far I have had some pain relief I don't have the groin pain, and the pain to my leg has diminish somewhat, I notice the numbness in my hips is there somewhat. My expectation got the best out of me. what would be next? Dan
  • Got this done about 3 months ago, cervical spine and occipital nerve. After one month, I was worried that not much was working, then neck got much better, but still had severe headaches. Now, headaches are much less frequent and neck still really good. %75+ improvement overall.
    So, for me, yes. I'll do it again asap if needed.
  • I had one done about a month ago on my right side. I noticed only a slight change in my pain. It isn't enough to change the amount of pain meds I take, etc so now I am going for a SCS.
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