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I am going for a nerve ablation on January 6th. I am worn out by pain and needles. Please can you tell me if this procedure is done in a humane way, is patient given some kind of anesthesia?


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replied December 30th, 2008
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Nerve ablation is a procedure where the nerve is heated with high radio frequency waves via needles. It is used only when the pain originates from the posterior vertebral joints. The procedure includes sticking needles in the nerves that are affected. The tissue is previously numbed and usually during the procedure only a minor discomfort is felt. After the procedure the damaged tissue might be painful, but the pain is usually less than the one originating from the joints. The affected nerves might recover in six months. During that period the organism is helped with physical therapy, strengthening the muscles, making them take over the function of the muscles as much as possible and making the body less susceptible to pain.


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