Endoscopic Ablation procedure of facet joints

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Indications:

Pain management and improved functioning.


DAY PROCEDURE UNDER GENERAL ANAESTHESIA

Expectations:

Long term pain management, although it cannot be guaranteed in 100% of the cases.

Succes rate: Over 95% (The procedure would be considered successful if provides over 50% reduction of the pain levels for over a year.

Possible complications

In the very rare occasions when occur, similar as with the steroid injections, namely very small chance of  infection, bleeding, nerve injury, leg numbness, weakness, bowel, bladder and sexual problems, back and leg pain, allergy, failure of the procedure, further surgeries, general anesthesia related complications like deep venous thrombosis, pulmonary embolism, heart attack, stroke, fatal outcome.

When the procedure should be done

Ideally the procedure is done as a follow up step after a facet joint injections that are successful in  reduction of the pain levels over 50% for a period of time that cannot be specified(may vary from days to months) 

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