Radiofrequency denervation of facet joints (nerve burning procedure)
For Long-Term Relief from Facet Joint Pain
Radiofrequency denervation of facet joints utilizes high-voltage electrical current to heat and disrupt the medial branch nerve of the spine and thus ‘block’ pain associated with facet joint damage. The procedure is non-surgical and is typically performed in an office setting with local and intravenous anesthetics. Most patients return to their normal schedules within two days; however, some pain from the procedure may last a week or more.
The treatment is designed to offer long-term relief from facet joint pain in the neck and back, but because the medial branch nerve will eventually regenerate, subsequent procedures may be necessary.
Radiofrequency denervation, also called radiofrequency ablation, neurotomy or lesioning, is a therapeutic treatment that is only performed after a specific diagnosis of facet joint damage has been determined using nerve block tests. Facet joints are the bones on and between vertebrae that stabilize the spine and provide for mobility. Damage to facet joints through trauma or aging can lead to severe pain and lack of mobility.
- X-ray (fluoroscopy) guided
- Non-surgical, minimally invasive
- Short (1- to 2-day) recovery
- Interrupts pain signals
Columbia Pain & Spine Institute is proud to offer this advanced therapeutic procedure to appropriate pain sufferers.