Pros & Cons of Rhizotomy

Created by anonymous on 04/05/2011

facet rhizotomy – a procedure that uses an electrical current to destroy the nerve fibers carrying pain signals to the brain

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1.  if it works - NO more Pain

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2.  off of narcotics and other medications used to treat my pain.

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3.  Will help break the pain cycle, in hopes that when the nerve grows back the pain will not come back with it.

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4.  reduced medical bills

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5.  ability to do activities that I currently avoid, due to pain.

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6.  better sleep

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7.  improved quality of life

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Con

1.  expensive if it doesn't work

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2.  w/o pain i am concerned that I will do something that might worsen my current injury.

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3.  pain after procedure

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4.  fear of having procedure

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5.  length procedure will be effective

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6.  surgery risk

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7.  will insurance see this as medically necessary procedure and approve this treatment. If they do not approve it, we will have a high out of pocket expense.

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8.  adverse side effects

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9.  should we do a couple more steroid injections to see if I am a candidate for this procedure? From what I have read this procedure is only considered after several steroid injections fail to give relief.

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Results
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  • Emotional results

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  • Rational results

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