Home Care after Cervical/Thoracic/Lumbar Rhizotomy
The doctor has done a radiofrequency procedure to disrupt the nerve’s ability to cause pain.
You may feel sore at the injection site for the next 2-4 days. You may apply ice to the site for 20
minutes on and 20 minutes off to decrease pain and discomfort, if needed, for the first 24 hours.
After 24 hours, you may use heat if needed.
Do not expect your pain to subside right away. Limit your activities for the first few days to
those that you can do without pain. It may take up to 8 weeks before you have pain relief. Take
your pain medicines as prescribed.
You may have some weakness for the next 3-5 hours. Plan to take it easy. No baths or soaking
of the sites for one week. Do not shower for 48 hours.
You may resume taking your routine medicines after the procedure including pain medicines as
You will be given a pain log to complete for the next 14 days. Complete this form and make a
copy for your own records. Then, mail it back to us in the pre-paid envelope we gave you. You
will followup with your referring provider.
Signs of infection
ξ Fever greater than 100.4° F by mouth for 2 readings taken 4 hours apart
ξ Increased redness, swelling around the site
ξ Any drainage from the site
If you have any new symptoms or signs of infection, please call
Dr Sehgal – (608) 263-9550 Dr Simhan – (608) 263-9550 Dr Poliak-Tunis – (608) 263-9550
Dr Leonard – (608) 265-3207 Dr Holz – (608) 265-3207 Dr Abd-Elsayed – (608) 263-9550
After hours, nights and weekends, call (608)-262-0486 or if you live out of the area, call
1-800-323-8942. Ask for the rehabilitation doctor on call. Leave your name and phone number
with the area code. The doctor will call you back.
Your health care team may have given you this information as part of your care. If so, please use it and call if you
have any questions. If this information was not given to you as part of your care, please check with your doctor. This
is not medical advice. This is not to be used for diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. Because each
person’s health needs are different, you should talk with your doctor or others on your health care team when using
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