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Can facet joint nerve ablation mask potentially serious thoracic spine conditions? Does facet joint disease continue to progress even after procedure.

Can facet joint nerve ablation mask potentially serious thoracic spine conditions? Does facet joint disease continue to progress even after procedure.

Symptom treatment: Facet ablation does not affect or halt the underlying disease, it simply targets underlying pain. Generally it is not performed without prior imaging to rule out more serious conditions. ...Read more

Dr. Payam Mehranpour
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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What is nerve ablation?

What is nerve ablation?

Destruction of nerve: It is usually used for medial branch nerve, which supplies facet or articular joints in the back or neck. This nerve only brings back pain information from that joint and does nothing else. When it's destroyed, the pain goes away despite the abnormality remaining there - i.E arthritis. ...Read more

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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after a radiofrequency nerve ablation?

Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after a radiofrequency nerve ablation?

Care post nerve rx: I would need more info about this which should be obtained from your md. Type of nerves treated? Type of anesthetic delivered? For example a temporal nerve ablation with no sedation would easily permit driving home but more extensive peripheral nerve treatments may require general and/or IV sedation in which case you should have a designated driver and someone to assist you post op. ...Read more

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Having a cooled radio frequency nerve ablation trial run..still on pain meds how do I know if it works? Butrans patch, Lyrica (pregabalin) and oxymorphone, worried

Having a cooled radio frequency nerve ablation trial run..still on pain meds how do I know if it works? Butrans patch, Lyrica (pregabalin) and oxymorphone, worried

Relief will happen: The way you will know if the ablation was successful is that you wont feel the need to seek out your meds all the time. Sometimes a medial branch block is tried prior to doing the ablation and if that was helpful then chances are that the ablation will be beneficial also. ...Read more

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How common is it to have a successful catheter ablation procedure?

How common is it to have a successful catheter ablation procedure?

Depends: The success rates of ablation procedures depend mostly on the rhythm that is being ablated. For some arrhythmias such as SVT or atrial flutter, long term success rates upwards of 95% are very common. Ablation for atrial fibrillation typically results in 1-2 year AF free rates around 70+%. Sometimes a combination of medication and ablation can improve freedom from arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Help plz! Can phlebectomy procedure be done with having ablation of gsv?

Help plz! Can phlebectomy procedure be done with having ablation of gsv?

Yes.: Phlebectomy (microphlebectomy) is often routinely performed in conjunction with GSV ablation. These procedures are done under local and tumescent anesthesia and are usually done in the office. Both of these procedures can also be performed independent of each other. ...Read more

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Which procedure would be best for a endometrail ablation thermal or novasure?

Which procedure would be best for a endometrail ablation thermal or novasure?

Either one: There really is no good answer to that question. The procedures are equally effective for most women. If your uterus is larger then 8-9 cm, your physician may choose thermal ablation which may be better for larger uterine cavities. If your procedure is done in the office, my experience has been that novasure is somewhat better tolerated and certainly quicker for the patient. ...Read more

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