I had my “stitchless” procedure done in jan 2020, just before the panedmic hit.
At first I thought all was normal and good, but after a few months of my left side still hurting, I realized I had PVPS. Tightness, soreness on one side. Almost like my vas is under constant tension. Other side is 100% perfect, fine, no problem. The difference is literally staggering. I was extremely active before my surgery, and since then, I have to ask other people to pick things up off the floor for me, I stopped exercising, no longer wear underwear, and if I put on pants that are anything smaller than hammer pants, i’m in agony all day.
The side that hurts is my “higher” side, it’s always felt tighter, but this is tension, like I’ve got a brick tied around it and i’m dragging it around. I wonder if during the original procedure the doctor stitched things up thru a nerve or something like that.
Between the pandemic and a dr who didn’t want to deal with the issue (he did an ultrasound, found a granuloma and said if we go back in there, it could just make it worse), I’ve only recently found a doctor who specializes in pvps (among many other things, for better or worse, he is also an ob/gyn). He did a first cord block (FYI, the injections hurt like hell) that maybe kinda helped a little for an hour or two. I went back and asked him to do another cord block and put “everything they had on the shelf in there” - this provided complete relief for 8 hours, which was amazing!
He’s got me booked for microsurgical denervation in a couple weeks.
“cutting the wire to the check engine light” doesn’t thrill me. It was explained to me that there’s a pain cycle aspect to this, and that if the cycle is broken, the issue can resolve itself. It’s not a theory I love, but the relief of pain from that 2nd cord block really was thrilling, and it’s hard to ignore that I could walk out of surgery and have it be like that from then on.
I’ve read some NIH research on the procedure online and it seems to have a good chance of working (75% complete recovery, closer to 90% at least partial recovery). Since there’s so little about it online other than NIH meta-study language, I was just wondering if anyone here has had it done, thoughts, comments, etc.
I have spent the last few hours reading around on this forum and I have come across several posts from people who are decidedly against this procedure. None of the posts i found mention if they had a successful cord block prior to the denervation, so I wanted to post and see what people thought. My current doctor is open to all avenues, and claims he does a few of these procedures a week, and that only in 1% of his cases does he need to do a reversal, so that gives me the impression he’s committed to helping his patients until they’re better, and that he is suggesting this option out of experience in success and not because it’s what he’d prefer to do.