Radio Frequency Neurotomy, also called Radio Frequency Ablation, uses heat generated by radio waves to impede pain signals being sent out by nerves. Ablation therapy is used to provide temporary relief to neck and back pain, usually in patients who have not responded to more conservative treatments, such as physical therapy. The radio waves are delivered through special needles inserted above the spine.
Before the Radio Frequency Neurotomy procedure begins we will perform a series of diagnostic tests to determine if the treatment will be beneficial. The procedure itself takes about an hour. An imaging device called a fluoroscope is used to help precisely place the needles in the targeted areas. The procedure provides relief that varies from person to person lasting anywhere from a few months to a few years.
Patients return home immediately following the procedure. Most patients recover after only a few days. Temporary soreness throughout the body is the most commonly reported side effect, though it is usually mild and can be treated by resting or taking over-the-counter medications. Serious or long-term discomfort, including persistent numbness as well as other side effects may be associated with this procedure. We will discuss the risks and any concerns you may have prior to Radio Frequency Neurotomy treatment.
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