I did a google search and found this forum - I found it with a title someone had once posted in this folder asking if anyone had ever had the Racz procedure...however, I cannot find that topic and the link is dead from google.
That being said....
I had an L5-S1 discectomy due to a herniated disc about 3 years ago.
The surgery took away all my pain, however, about 6 weeks post-op, the pain came back to my butt and leg (sciatic). I went in to a physical therapist, did some exercises, and the pain went away. The pain returned about 6 months post-op. I went back to the physical therapist, and despite more sessions than previously done and new exercises, the pain remained.
I went in and did the 3-shot series of epidurals. I would say the pain went from a 7 to a 3 after the first epidural and remained there. The 2nd and 3rd shots being ineffective.
However, the pain relief from the first shot seemed to have been somewhat permanent. Unless there is a flare-up where my back locks up and spasms, the pain is typically at about a 3 or less. But I have this constant.......tingling.....or discomfort in my left glute and hamstring. This causes me to constantly shift or lean away from it, which does havoc on the rest of the body.
I have tried the RFA....despite the pain mgmt doctor telling me that RFA doesn't help with pain going down the leg. That seems to help if we hit it in the right spot during the treatment. I don't know...I guess my wires are crossed?
An MRI a year after surgery showed, according to the surgeon, an abnormal amount of scar tissue for someone just a year later.
All of that being said,
it seems scar tissue is the main problem in my body now that is affecting the nerve. I have done the epidurals, RFA, stretching, PT, exercise, anti-inflammatory meds, tramadol, lyrica, etc....the epidural helps, and usually has me pain free for about 1-2 weeks, so I go and get one before vacation or traveling, but haven't found anything that helps long-term
And then I came across this article that describes the RACZ procedure and its affect on scar tissue.
Has anyone had this procedure done? I read that people respond well to the epidural, but not as long as they would like or as well as they would like, respond very well to the Racz. I'm going to give it a go. Looking for feedback.