Re: Pain doc wants to burn a nerve in my lumbar to prevent pain
Hey Jay, He's talking about nerve ablation,it's nothing new and has been done for decades. It's either done with radio frequency called RFA "radio frequency ablation" or it's done with chemicals, I believe Phenol. There are lots of spine sites that will explain the procedure. I would recomend doing the research yourself rather than basing your decsion on a few peeps good or bad experiences with the procedure. People that have had success aren't still on the net posting about how great it worked to give you positive feedback, they have moved on with their lives. Asking people still searching for answers will get you a very biased opinion. Not all Charite discs have failed, but if someone were to ask you, your advice wouldn't be too positive even though ADR's have brought relief to thousands.
Have you had a succesful nerve block that leads him to believe destroying the nerve will provide longer lasting relief? Confidence in the doc makes a huge difference too. There is a local doc that's been involved in ADR's since the 90's and was part of the original development and clinical trials and there are docs that learned to do the procedure over a weekend, who would you want performing the procedure? An anesthesiologist that does interventional procedures on a daily basis or a physiatrist that sees them as a good revenue builder for his practice that's trying to recoup his cost for a weekend of training and his investment on equipment.
Good luck, Dave