Radiofrequency Lesioning is a safe and minimally invasive treatment, to help reduce and possibly eliminate back and neck pain for chronic nerve patients
What is Radiofrequency Lesioning?
This is a minimally invasive procedure which involves using Radiofrequency Lesioning heat to destroy tiny nerve endings that are believed to be the source of pain in your back and/or neck. Pain relief occurs within two to four weeks the procedure, depending on your body’s ability to heal/form scar tissue.
How is it performed?
A small needle known as a radiofrequency cannula is positioned next to the targeted nerves using fluoroscopic guidance (a type of real-time X-ray). Once the proper placement of the cannula is confirmed, patients are given a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area and to minimize discomfort.
An electronic current is passed using the radiofrequency machine and the nerves are heated up to approximately 80 degrees Celsius, for about one or two minutes. This “numbs” the nerve semi-permanently. The cannula is removed, and the procedure is complete.
Depending on the areas that need treatment, the procedure can take from 20 minutes to an hour.
What to expect with Radiofrequency Lesioning?
During the procedure, there is some discomfort involved, however skin and deeper tissues are numbed with a local anesthetic.
After the procedure, you should be able to return to work the next day. Sometimes, soreness at the injection site may cause you to be off work for a day or two.
A week to a few weeks after the procedure, you may experience muscle soreness that can be treated with ice packs or ibuprofen. After the initial two weeks, soreness may be gone or reduced significantly.
How many procedures are needed?
If the first procedure does not relieve your symptoms completely, a second treatment may be recommended after re-evaluation. Because Radiofrequency Lesioning is not a permanent procedure, the treatment may need to be repeated when the numbness wears off, usually 6-12 months after the initial treatment.
Next steps: Book your Radiofrequency Lesioning Consultation
If you are ready to discuss your Radiofrequency Lesioning needs with our doctor, contact us to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options your patient care coordinator will discuss:
- Your medical history
- Potential risks and complications