I got a Lumbar Facet Rhizotomy done yesterday It It really helped me reading Kathyy's journal for this procedure. I am going to keep track of the pain and let you know if it helps or not. I hope this helps you.
Yesterday I got facet radio frequency ablation, also called Rhizotomy done.
It was on L3-L4, L4-L5, and L5-S1, both left and right sides of my back.
Background: I have had steroid injections many times before over the past three years. Some have worked well, some have only worked for a few days or not at all. The best steroid injections gave me great pain relief for two months.
How the procedure is done: I was given some fentanyl in an IV to help with the pain. The doctor probed with a needle to see if the medial branch nerve twitched or thumped, and to check that she had not hit the sciatic nerve. It was not nearly as painful as getting facet injections without sedation!
Once this was done in all six sites, I was sedated and woke up in the recovery room.
4:30 - Went home pain free
6:00 - Still no pain except on the top right side. I wonder if one level up was missed?
7:00 - Took two Aleve because I usually do every day. Didn't really need it!
Used ice pack because I was told to, but didn't feel sore at all.
6:00 - Slept well last night. I Feel really good. No real pain yet. Pain is at Level 2 only on the very top right side, but that side was where most of my pain was from before. So far so good!