Radio Frequency Treatments
Commonly referred to as radiofrequency rhizotomy or radiofrequency neurotomy, this technique uses an electrically heated needle tip to burn the nerves that send signals to the brain from the area experiencing pain.
This procedure is often used to treat the medial branch nerves in the cervical, thoracic, and lumbar regions of the spine. It is also used to treat facet joint pain.
How is this procedure performed?
Doctors at the Florida Hospital Celebration Health Spine Center start by inserting a cannula (a small flexible tube) into the affected region. This cannula is guided into place with the assistance of a fluoroscope. Once the position is confirmed as being correct, an electrode is inserted into the tube and heated to approximately 150 to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. The nerve endings are heated to prevent them from sending pain signals to the brain, causing the sensation of pain to subside.
Following the procedure, you may experience a bit of pain from the burned tissue surrounding the affected area. This may last a few weeks, but you should find long-lasting relief from the pain.
Radio frequency is a safe, effective treatment for the right candidate. The experts at the Spine Center will be happy to answer any questions you have about this procedure and how it can help you manage your pain.