Another term for the procedure I've just had this morning is facet rhizotomy. Many have posted about this, but I thought I'd share my experience as I go. I was a good candidate for this following two spinal injections this Feb and March that gave me virtually 100% relief, but only for 14 and 9 days. My pain is at L4-L5-S1, and it grew over the past year so that I felt truly disabled. I have a wonderful PT, but I can do only a limited set of exercises, and I've found it frustratingly easy to over do. I love to travel, but sitting long is painful. I love my active grand kids, but I couldn't come close to playing with them. I'm 59, and while I've seen a rheumatologist for years, this lower back pain has escalated markedly just this past year. I'd go home from work and spend most workday evenings in bed.
My reasons for trying this RF is to hopefully have near full relief of pain for - what - 9, 12 months? I plan to do exercises given by my PT, really work on the weight (9 lbs gone, 30 more to go), and continue water aerobics this summer (I'm a teacher).
BUT - main reason for posting! ------->
We all know everybody reacts differently to pain. I'd read so many horror stories about this procedure that I really had to set myself up to do it. It just wasn't that bad! It was a tiny notch up from the injections I had earlier, but that's all. I did not have IV pain meds, I had only 1mg of Lorazepam the morning of the procedure for anxiety. The whole process took about 1 hr 15 mins before I was waiting in recovery. I'm told these first days won't be fun, but I'll post here. Again, pain's unique to each of us, but the pain of this procedure, for me, was not significant, little beyond the injections, and well worth the hope I have of pain relief for months to come.
L4L5 facet joint pain, rhizotomy