What kind of surgery is this involving freezing and burning nerve endings?
February 1, 2010 11:03 PM Subscribe
Freezing and burning nerves to help with back pain? What kind of surgery is this, exactly?
posted by IndigoRain to health & fitness (7 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
My friend with severe back pain is having surgery to freeze the nerve endings in her lower back so she doesn't feel anything, and then said a week later, the doctor will go back in and burn these nerve endings off. It sounds like both surgeries will be done as outpatient procedures... at least she hasn't mentioned being hospitalized, and she said the incisions will be the size of typical laparoscopic incisions.
She's not good with medical terminology and remembering the names of procedures and has mostly just trusted her doctor and not gone for any second opinions. Googling just gets me a lot of information about burns and frostbite.
This surgery is supposed to replace the epidurals and trigger point shots she's been getting and hopefully help her get off suboxone and Lidoderm patches.
I was wondering if anyone here could tell me more about this surgery, including possibly the name of the procedure? Also, she's nervous because the doctor will be working near her spine, and could potentially paralyze her in a worst-case scenario. Exactly how close to the spine will he be? And why must the surgery be separated into 2 procedures a week apart? If she is under general anesthesia, why must the nerves be frozen to begin with? Is it like a test run to see if the surgery will work?