Thursday, October 28, 2010




Hi, everybody, and first I want to tell you that I'm alive, and doing fine. As some of you know, I had what they call a, "Radio Frequency Ablation" today done on my back.  Many have you have asked what this is.

The neurotomy procedure includes the following steps:
  • An IV line will be started so that adequate relaxation medicine can be given, as needed.
  • The patient lies face down on an x-ray table and the skin over the neck, mid-back, or low back is well cleaned.
  • The physician numbs a small area of skin with numbing medicine (anesthetic), which may sting for a few seconds.
  • The physician uses x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) to direct a special (radio-frequency) needle alongside the medial or lateral branch nerves.
  • A small amount of electrical current will then be carefully passed through the needle to assure it is next to the target nerve. This should briefly recreate the usual facet joint or sacroiliac pain, and cause a muscle twitch in the neck or back.
  • The nerves will then be numbed to minimize the facet or sacroiliac joint pain while the lesion is being created. This process will be repeated for 1 to 5 additional nerves.
The entire procedure usually takes between 30 and 90 minutes.  Right now the numbness is wearing off.  I was shot seven times.  All I had to do is twinge, and he numbed it more.  Love that doctor!  ~hehe~  I'm walking better already, but I'm supposed to take it easy for a couple of days!
I first want to thank each and every one of you for your concern, and all your prayers.  I've been sitting here for about an hour now, so I think that'll be my quota for the night.  Sorry!  I have much to do, but I don't want to screw things up.  So, again to all my friends and people concerned Thank you from the bottom of my heart!  
XmasDolly aka Dolly


Papi KoRndOg said...

Holy crap! That sounds like alot to go through and hate to see that youre dealing with some health issues. I am however, happy to hear you are doing ok. Chin up, stay positive and hope things get better!

blueviolet said...

Glad it's over and that it went well. Rest up and heal now!

Lorie Shewbridge said...

You know my prayers were with you all day. So glad that it all went well and that you are having positive results already.
You know that if you need anything, I'm here for you!

sues2u2 said...

My goodness but that's quite a mess. My bil had this done & it really helped. I hope you continue to feel better!

JamericanSpice said...

Definitely take it easy and I hope soon you can walk easily and have less pain in your back!

Kayla @ TheEclecticElement said...

You have been in my thoughts all week miss Dolly! From someone who can understand pain, I'm so glad that you've got a little reprieve :)

You take it easy and don't overdo!

Hugs and kisses from your adopted daughter ;)

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