The benefits from the first shot only lasted 2 weeks. The second and third set of injections lasted about 90 days. In November, I was ready to have surgery. My EMG and nerve conduction tests proved that the nerves were "sleeping" before I was. After another MRI, the neurosurgeon said I was a candidate for surgery but I was not able to get the endoscopic type surgery that is less invasive. I would have an incision about 6-8" long. Along with removing the herniation, they would have to increase the size of the hole where the nerve roots were going through.
Potential risks to any surgical procedure include unforeseeable complications caused by anesthesia, blood clots, undiagnosed medical problems such as silent heart disease, and rare allergic reactions. Complications of spinal surgery can include neurological damage, damage to the surrounding soft tissue and, where used, instrument malfunction. Most of these complications can be treated once they are detected, but sometimes they require a longer period of hospitalization or recovery, additional medications, and sometimes even additional surgery. Depending upon the type of surgery you are having, these risks will be explained by the primary surgeon. Other risks associated with implants used include device migration, loss of spinal curvature, correction, height, and/or reduction. As a patient, it is important to understand and follow your doctor’s advice so that the best possible outcome can be achieved. Surgery is not for everyone. Please consult your physician.
Immediately after radiofrequency ablation is performed, nursing personnel will monitor the patient for up to 45 minutes until the latter has woken up from the sedation that was used to relax them. There may be some discomfort or soreness experienced from the site where the probe was inserted to reach the affected area, and the patient may also feel drowsy from the sedation. Patients undergoing this procedure will stay in the hospital for six to eight hours and will be discharged thereafter provided someone can drive them home. The patient can then resume their normal activities the following day if they wish to do so.