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    Radio frequency ablation
    Bobcat1265 posted:
    Had it done for S1, L4-5 after 3 surgeries the final one being a fusion, all this surgery and STILL the very same pain. Had the nerve block test and it worked, so had tha RFA procedure done. Yes it is painful but the rewards were well worth it. I had 80% pain relief for 14 months when the pain returned. Had it done at a well known national clinic 2X within 3 months and no relief. My original Doctor moved to a distant state. Found another pain doctor who performed it once more and have been 80% pain free for 20 months. The procedure must be very specifically targeted to the exact area to be effective. I need to have it repeated in the near future as the pain returns when the nerves regenerate. I feel the reason some people say it did not work is the pain Doctor missed that finite area.

    Best relief I have had in 20 years, well worth it but people need to find the RIGHT DOCTOR WHO CAN FIND THE SPECIFIC SPOT. Not an easy task!
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