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    Old 07-29-2004, 02:27 PM   #1
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    Rhizotomy Experiences?

    Hello all,
    My husband has undrgone extensive spinal reconstruction with vertebrectomies and instrumentation over the past 19 months, including three posterior, two thoracic and one anterior procedure. He was progressing fairly well but had an episode that may have been a rib fracture or muscle tear or possibly something else, and his pain has dramatically increased. His hardware was checked and everything is tight and fine. He has great docs and access to all of the meds that he wants, but has actually decreased his OC dose becaue it wasn't helping the pain and made him feel lousy, and he is looking forward to eliminating as much of the narcotics as he can.

    He had a trial of thoracic blocks that identified two nerve roots that could produce relief when blocked and his surgeon is evaluating him for rhizotomies of those nerves.

    Anyone have any experiences with rhizotomies that they would be willing to share? I'd like to know as much as I can so that I can continue to help him.

    Thanks in advance,

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