I have been advised to undergo radiofrequency ablation therapy for a Sacroiliac Joint (SIJ) pain issue. Is there anyone who has undergone this procedure - good and bad. I am also looking for someone who does this in Melbourne as I don't seem to be able to find anyone apart from Melbourne Radiology.
I have this done every six months roughly it can be a little uncomfortable for the first day , I have a pain physician do mine referred by my pain clinic ,unfortunately I’m not in Melbourne so I can’t and won’t recommend on the forum but if anyone else can refer you please “private message”
as long as I wake up alive I'm happy
Because it could be worse
I will def. private message. Do you get complete relief from your symptoms or partial resolution. I have been nursing for over 25 years and injured my back lifting a larger patient. I have been off work on and off for over two years and am looking for anything that will give me some relief and also as a way to stop taking Oxycontin. I have had fabulous doctors but there does not seems to be many that do this procedure in Melbourne. Thanks again,
I also have had this done a few times for my lower back (and I’m an ex nurse so understand!)
My pain specialist is in QLD too but I have also had injections in my SIJ and cordial blocks into this area which have helped. The RFN have given some relief for max 6 months for me and the other injections have lasted 3-4 months but I have been having them done regularly which has been a big help.
Feel free to PM me to chat further. Apologies in advance if it takes a little while to reply as I’m currently overseas in the UK
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I had an RF ablation done from L1-S1 in 2017 and for me it made my pain significantly worse.
I later saw another specialist spinal ortho who said i should never have at it as my pain was coming from my disks. I did have a caudal epidural that gave goodness relief for a few months and it was easy.
However, sciatica wasn’t my primary issue. This was just my experience and the pain dr who did it was a total jerk and left me far worse off.