Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Radiofrequency Neurotomy (Cervical Facet, Thoracic Facet, Lumbar)

Summary of Procedure: Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Radiofrequency neurotomy or radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure in which electric heat waves are utilized to heat nerve tissue and reduce pain in a specific area. This outpatient procedure is safe and takes 15-20 minutes. Twilight sedation is an option for patients that request it.

During the procedure, your physician will use an IV to inject a local anesthetic into the arm. Patients that choose to receive a mild sedative to reduce discomfort during the procedure will need to secure a ride home following the procedure.

After local anesthesia takes effect, a thin needle is inserted into the affected area using fluoroscopic guidance. The stimulation process begins once a microelectrode is inserted.
Close communication with the patient helps the physician to determine if the electrode is placed in the correct area.

Once placement is confirmed, the radiofrequency procedure begins and the electrode is heated, thus, burning the nerves and nearby tissue.

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What to Expect Post-Procedure of Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Side effects from radiofrequency ablation are few and rare. Patients should apply alternating ice and heat to the area to alleviate any residual pain. The patient is allowed to go home immediately and resume light activity following the procedure.

To find out if you qualify for RFA treatment and to learn more, contact your Carolina Spine and Pain Centers physician today. Get in touch with us by calling us at 864-535-0144 or by filling out an appointment request form on our contact page.

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