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Dorsal Root Entry Lesioning

Thank you for considering our practice for your upcoming procedure. We understand that surgery can be overwhelming, but we are committed to providing you with the information and care you need to feel confident and prepared for your procedure. Here is what you can expect before, during, and after your surgery.

About the Procedure

What is Dorsal Root Lesioning Procedure?

A dorsal root entry lesioning procedure is a surgical procedure that is performed to relieve chronic pain caused by nerve damage in the spinal cord. The procedure involves making a small incision in the back and using a specialized electrode to destroy a portion of the dorsal root entry zone (DREZ) in the spinal cord. The DREZ is a small area of the spinal cord where nerve fibers enter and exit. By targeting this area, the procedure can interrupt the pain signals that are being sent to the brain, thereby reducing or eliminating chronic pain.

Before the procedure:

Before the procedure, you will meet with your surgeon to discuss the procedure and ask any questions you may have. You will need to provide a detailed medical history, and the surgeon may perform a physical exam and imaging tests to determine the location of the nerve damage. You may need to stop taking certain medications, such as blood thinners, and fast for a certain period of time before your surgery. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.

During the procedure:

The dorsal root entry lesioning procedure is typically performed under local anesthesia and sedation. The surgeon will make a small incision in the back and use imaging technology to locate the damaged nerve fibers. A specialized electrode will then be used to deliver a small electrical current to the DREZ, which will destroy a portion of the nerve fibers. The procedure may need to be repeated several times to achieve the desired results.

After the procedure:

After your surgery, you will be closely monitored in the recovery room until you are awake and stable enough to be discharged. You may experience some pain or discomfort at the site of the incision, and your surgeon may prescribe pain medications to manage this. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for a few weeks after your procedure to allow your body to heal properly. Your surgeon will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your incision and when you can resume your normal activities.

We hope this information has been helpful in preparing you for your procedure. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact our office. We are here to support you throughout your entire journey to recovery.

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