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Electrothermal Catheter Therapy: After the ProcedureElectrotermoterapia con cat©ter: Despu©s del procedimiento

Electrothermal Catheter Therapy: After the Procedure Image

The procedure is over soon, but you won't recover overnight. For the first week, you may feel more back pain than usual. This is normal. It may take 6 months or more to reach full improvement of your back pain. Be patient and stick to your treatment plan to make sure you get better.

In the Hospital

After your procedure, you'll be moved to the recovery room. You may stay there for 1-2 hours. You'll be given pain medication if you need it. You will also be checked to make sure that your legs are not numb or weak. When it's time for you to leave, you'll be given:

  • A prescription for pain medication to take at home.

  • Instructions on how to take care of yourself during your recovery.

  • A back brace, if needed.

At Home Image

For the first 4 weeks:

  • Rest and heal at home.

  • Be careful not to bend or twist.

  • Limit your sitting time as advised by your doctor.

During this time, you will have a follow-up appointment with your doctor. Depending on how your recovery goes:

  • You may begin to exercise as directed by your doctor or physical therapist.

  • You may return to work as soon as 4 weeks after the procedure.

Call the Doctor Right Away If You Have:

  • Increasing redness or drainage from your needle insertion site.

  • Increasing pain, weakness, or numbness in your legs.

  • A fever above 100.0°F.

  • Loss of bowel or bladder control.

  • A severe headache.

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Date Last Modified: 2002-07-09T08:39:59-06:00

Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.424.1881 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

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