Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Lumbar Facets
Innovative Technologies for Back Pain Relief
What is it?
Radiofrequency Neurotomy of the Lumbar Facets, also known as radiofrequency ablation, is a non-surgical procedure that involves an injection into the patient’s back. By using heat from radio waves, this procedure can help inactivate sensory nerves that are involved in transmitting pain signals from the facet joints. This heat blocks the nerves’ ability to send pain signals to the brain.Radiofrequency neurotomy of the lumbar facets is an effective treatment for easing pain that hasn’t been relieved by medication or physical therapy. Doctors may suggest this procedure for individuals who are struggling with pain caused by arthritis in the facet joints, also known as facet joint syndrome. Also, this could be a good option as well for those who are experiencing osteoarthritis of the spine or facet arthropathy.
Will I have to stay at the clinic overnight?
Not at all! Radiofrequency neurotomy of the lumbar facets is an outpatient procedure, meaning that patients can go home the same day. However, it is recommended that patients arrange for someone to drive them home following the procedure. On that note, patients should not drive or do anything especially strenuous after radiofrequency neurotomy of the lumbar facets. After a day or two has passed, patients should be clear to return to their normal activities.
How effective is radiofrequency neurotomy of the lumbar facets?
After the procedure, patients may feel sore and have residual back pain. This pain will gradually disappear; the effects of the procedure can take several weeks to fully set in. The duration of pain relief from radiofrequency neurotomy of the lumbar facets can differ between patients; it can last anywhere from a few months to a couple of years.
If you are struggling with back pain, reach out to Apex Interventional Pain & Spine today! Our team of highly trained pain management specialists is committed to utilizing the latest technologies and treatment options, like radiofrequency neurotomy of the lumbar facets, to help patients find relief from their discomfort. Our goal is to help you achieve lasting relief and improved mobility, so you can get back to your daily activities without pain.