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bunny in cloverbbunny in clover Posts: 1
edited 06/16/2014 - 6:07 AM in Pain Management
Hi! I am new here. I am having a rhizotomy tomorrow. very nervous. My Dr. said that there would be no sedation. the articles that I have read all say IV sedation. ??


  • Some doctors use sedation ,some don't......is this the test injections or have you already done that part of it? Usually, the test injections are done first to see if the patient actually experiences relief of pain from them. If the patient does, then the rhizotomy is done.
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  • I just had a lower lumbar Rhizotomy yesterday morning. I had IV sedation of Versed and Fentanyl. I was a little loopy but still awake and remember it all. They did have to give me more Fentanyl during the procedure due to my high tolerance. After returning home(1 1/2 hour drive home) I began to feel the pain of the needle sticks (6). I used ice packs on and off until I went to sleep. I slept well and when I woke up this morning I felt great but after getting ready and going into work(secretary) I began to feel pain again, although it is hard to differentiate the normal pain and pain from the needles. Is it normal to feel more pain after than before? I've had the ESI's in both lower lumbar and cervical spine for the last 2 yrs (6 months apart) but they stopped working. My ins required (2) facet blocks before having the Rhizotomy. I am hoping this gives me the relief I am hoping for. Would like to know how long after should I know that it worked? Going tomorrow for another evaluation for my cervical spine and the possibility of carpal tunnel.
  • and can occur for a few days to a few weeks. It takes a bit of time for the nerve fibers to die off after the procedure.
    You can use the search box and type in rhizotomy , and you will see many, many threads relating to the procedure and post procedure.
  • dcatsmeow62ddcatsmeow62 Posts: 2
    edited 07/17/2014 - 11:45 AM
    I've learned after speaking with my Dr. office that yes it can be up to 4-6 weeks. I contacted them because the pain I have now is different. I had L3-4, L4-5 & L5-S1 on both sides done in one visit so I expected some discomfort but really wasn't told about the after. I am dealing as well as I can using ice and tylenol, I am on anti inflammatory meds so I can't take Ibuprofen, I have lowest dose of Percocet as well but they rev me up so I don't want to take to soon after the procedure and over do things like I have a tendency to do after taking just 1 5/325mg. I go for my follow up next Thursday, so I will just take it day by day for now.
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