Radio frequency Ablation/ Neurolysis Procedures
Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation is a procedure using electrical impulses to interrupt nerve signals for 6 to 18 months. The targeted nerves are those carrying signals from the painful facet joints in the back and neck. The procedure provides prolonged pain relief from degenerative and painful facet joints in the spine.
How Does it Work?
The Radiofrequency ablation probe creates a heat source that essentially “burns” the signal carrying portion of the nerve. By destroying these fibers, the nerve can no longer pass painful signals to the spinal cord and brain. The nerve fibers will eventually grow back in 6-18 months, thus allowing a return of pain.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy
Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Cervical Facets