I have chronic pain from spinal injuries. are there any new treatments since radio frequency denervation for facet syndrome ? i had radio frequency denervation on both sides of my neck and low back for a few yrs. it helped a lot, but was very expensive an
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Pain Management 39 years experience
A : A new definitive treatment option was recently introduced to pain specialists a few years ago called lumbar facet fusion. Patients who continue to suffer from low back pain related to facet arthropathy, and who have failed to obtain long-term relief from conservative measures, including radiofrequency ablation, are potential candidates. The procedure involves placing erasure-sized bone plugs into the facet joints, which immobilize them, and later cause them to fuse. This is not as drastic as a lumbar fusion, which would really not be indicated for this type of problem. The success rate is high, but requires that you have your symptoms reviewed by a specialist familiar with this procedure prior to treatment. You can find information on this procedure on the web; the best known is called trufuse.
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