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Q: How long does denervation treat pain?

A: Usually 1-3 years. There are also patients who have had the memory of pain completely eliminated, i.e  even after 6 - 7 years in our knowledge of the patient, the pain did not return.


Q: In the magnetic resonance, if a herniated disc is seen – do I have to undergo an operation as an inpatient?

A: Only in certain cases.  Usually pain centers are activated in other areas that we can treat with interventional medicine in a simpler way.


Q: Can you be paralyzed from electrotherapy?

A: No. Diseased nerve pain is exclusively treated. Motor and sensory nerves are far away from the treatment area. Permanent visual inspection (X-ray) and security mechanisms of the probe are used as a guarantee for safe treatment.


Q: Do I receive general anesthesia?

A: No, we work under local anesthesia.


Q: What complications can arise during the procedure?

A: Bruising, which the body takes care of itself, an infection - which is generally avoided by working under sterile conditions and preoperative administration of an antibiotic. In addition, a temporary numbness of the leg can occur - a completely harmless effect of the anesthetic on the motor nerves.


Q: Do I have to pay for the treatment myself?

A: You will receive a fee invoice and submit this together with the payment confirmation from your health insurance.  Depending on the health insurance and also depending on the treatment method, the amount back you receive will vary. Our doctors can provide information about how much you will get back when they know which therapeutic treatment method will be used.  In most cases supplementary insurances transfer the remaining balance to the health insurance of the state.


Q: Do I need to be sober for the procedures?

A: No. Your circulation will be fine even if you are not sober. However, a prone position should be made possible.  Sobriety is only required for procedures with general anesthesia.


Q: If I have a pacemaker, can I still be treated with an electrical probe?

A: Yes. The radio frequency at the area of ​​pain does not interact with the currents of a cardiac pacemaker.


Q: Can I drive myself after an infiltration?

A: After an infiltration – Yes.  After a denervation treatment, you should be driven by a companion.


Q: How much do the treatments cost?

A: Since we offer therapies ranging from acupuncture to denervation and intervertebral disc surgery, we can only provide this information after an initial consultation, during which you will be thoroughly examined to determine which therapy is the most useful and necessary. Only on this basis can we settle the costs incurred.



Q: Does the insurance pay for part of the treatment?

A: In most cases, yes.


Q: Who are the treatments performed by?

 A: By Dr. Stelzer (FA for anesthesia and intensive care, pain management), Dr. Brown (General Practitioner, acupuncture, orthomolecular medicine and pain therapist) and Dr. Brenner (FA anesthesia and acupuncture)


Q: Can the treatment be performed on the elderly?

A: There is no age limit. Therapies are well tolerated even by the elderly.


Q: I have been suffering from pain for 10, 20, 30 .. years.  Is it likely that you cannot do anything more to help me?

A: The duration of your condition does not say that you "must live” your pain.


Q: How long are the waiting times for an initial appointment at the Medical Center SchmerzLOS?

A: Around 2 - 3 weeks.  Acute cases get an appointment at short notice.


Q: I have already undergone many therapies and infiltrations. Nothing has helped. Why would your treatments be successful for me?

A: The strict approach by Spine Society criteria increases the chances of therapeutic effect considerably. The Medical Center SchmerzLOS follows the "diagnostic path" together with the patient in order to increase the chances of success.


Q: What about parking facilities?

A: In Linz: There is plenty of parking available. Parking is available on 2 levels. For the duration of your stay at the Med Center SchmerzLOS you will receive a free parking ticket.…


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