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RFA's are they good or bad?

Jul 21, 2016 7:11 PM

Dr. Fouradoulas never addressed Moparmoms questions & concerns about RFA treatment of spinal nerve, in his post "A Spine Surgeon's ...On Pain" post. I would like anyone's input with experience on this topic. After my spinal stenosis and C3-C4 fusion next month, the doctor has mentioned doing RFA's on the facet & foramina stenosis involved nerves. From everything I've heard or read, I think it's prefer to have them removed parts of the bone in those joints that are causing pressure & pain. I think it's called foramina Tony or something like that. AlwayZ knows because she has them. Anyone have opinions? πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΈ

Jul 27, 2016 3:38 PM

I don't know much about that Flappsy but I would rather have the bone trimmed down or removed than go in that direction. I hope your surgery goes well for you and that you heal quickly and completely. I will be praying for you each and every day and sending you positive vibes, much love and of course, my friendship. You're a strong lady, Flappsy!! I know you got this.πŸ’•πŸ™πŸ»πŸŒ»πŸ˜Š

Jul 27, 2016 5:05 PM

I have had several RFA'S but with the radiation I have my concern's, I have checked Back often to see if he responded but I know that they are busy and do this on thier own time. But if you can avoid it, I would, simply because of the radiation and the the fact that it may or may not take. If it does it lasts for the mist part for me anyway is 6 months at a time.

Jul 27, 2016 8:16 PM

Like AlwayZ said, I prefer the shaving/trimming away of the bone. I wonder if the radiation would affect my already osteopenic bones?

Jul 27, 2016 11:24 PM

It may, you might want to do do talking with your doctor about it and do your own research as well as we are our own advocates!πŸ˜‰

Jul 28, 2016 3:01 AM

I have had denervation twice cervical at C3/4/5/6 after fusion with osteoarthritis and stenosis...(now crushing my oesophagus from behind, onto my tracheaπŸͺ)
πŸ€” the first time it was great... the second time not at all!
Theres no garentee it will work, sorry πŸ€”

⚘⚘Hugs to u flappers⚘⚘
Whatever u decide we are here for u sweetheart 🌷

Jul 28, 2016 8:03 AM

Thank you everyone, for your honesty, unlike the doctors who evade telling us the honest truth! I at least have 2 months of researching before he plans on treating the other discs (C2 & C7 I think). Hugs love & prayers for a good day with as little pain as possible for all! πŸ™‚πŸ’•πŸ™πŸŒΈ

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