I'd also like to know about nerve root cauterization to kill pain in degen. disk disease! :-)
Can someone tell me where I could learn more about cauterization of nerve roots to kill pain signals in the spine? I have severe degenerative disk disease and have a total of 5 levels fused, and soon another coming on. This is a nightmare, having to go through surgery, only to know that you will have to have another sooner or later. Seems to be a never ending cycle and is very scary because I'm only 41. I'm looking for a less invasive way to treat the pain, and I have already tried steroid injections, which I won't do anymore. So, can someone enlighten me/us about what this procedure is?
Have you heard of micro endoscopic spinal surgery? Only a few Dr's are qualified to do this. It is done as a out patient , and the procedure takes approx 90 min. You are home the same day. I live in S.C and I know Duke University Hospital does it in Durham N.C by a Dr named Rob Isaac. He is a board certified nerosurgeon. Also look at
foothillspain.com in Seneca SC, Dr Marion Millan does it there too. Look at their website and it details the procedure. I'm having mine done. I have spinal stenosis and degenerative disk disease. I've also have epidurial steroid injections and out of 3, only 1 worked for 6 months. Please look at the website, I never knew they had such a thing. Then research Dr's who do micro endoscopic spinal surgery. Los Angles and Fla have Dr's there too. Good luck
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