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Sacro-illiac joint pain and Radiofrequency Neurotomy

AnonymousUserAAnonymousUser Posts: 49,606

After years of treatment and surgery for sciatica all to no avail, I have been diagnosed with SI joint syndrome after some cortisone shots gave positive results.

Has anyone out there had Radiofrequency Neurotomy for SI joint related sciatica? and did you get any pain relief from it?




  • I've had three rhizotomies (bilaterally from L2 to S1) along with cortisone injections into the SI joints at the same time (under general anaesthetic); I don't think that is the same treatment, but I know I got immediate, incredible relief from it!

  • I had this before my 2nd surgery. It did really help with that specific problem.
    But - they do not tell you this - it is like recovering from minor surgery. I hurt worse for about 4 weeks. The nerves have to heal as they are burning them.
    A friend of mine just had this done without any warning and is still recovering. She now calls me before any procedure since I have had so many!
    Good Luck!
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  • Thanks for your comments..........how long did the benefit of RF last?


  • ...if you're lucky! ;) I only had relief for four to six weeks with the first two, but the third one gave me relief for about six months, which was awesome.

    I didn't have trouble with increased pain in my neck and low back afterwards (other than immediately after the surgery), so I was lucky. I have really suffered immediately after surgery until the nerve pain is under control, but then it settles down by that night for me.

  • oh..my..god..!! i had surgery 4 years ago on my L4/L5,L5/S1 to get rid of my sciatica and general horrible pain, and now i have s.i. joint problems!! this sucks..
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  • I have had many rf for my left SI and lumbar spine as well as my neck for the most part they worked, Recently I began having very severe Right SI problems. It was afeccting my right si , lower back and even my stomach. Monday I had r/s rf. Of all rhe rf's I have had this hurt the worse. the burning was intense, they gave me 30mg of toradol iv during the procedure and 30 im after. when I got home around bed time it started bothering me some what so I took 2 5-325 percocets. when I got up today I felt better than I have in a long time very little stomach pain and almost no rs SI pain. I went to work today and put in almost a full day with still very little pain. Of all the shots and rf's I have had this one so far has turned out the best. Now if I can get rid of the shoulder problems!
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