Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Pain Management

Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat neck pain originating from the cervical facet joints. A radiofrequency needle sends energy to target nerves, disrupting pain signals. It offers long-term relief for patients who’ve responded well to diagnostic facet joint injections.

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Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Treated Conditions 

  • Nerve Damage: The cervical region, consisting of the neck’s vertebrae, is susceptible to nerve damage from factors like trauma or age-related degeneration. Nerve damage can result in sharp or tingling pain, numbness, or muscle weakness. The neurotomy procedure targets and disrupts pain signals from these damaged nerves, providing relief. 
  • Chronic Pain in Head, Neck, Arms, and Shoulders: Disruptions or irritations in the cervical facet joints or their associated nerves can manifest as continuous pain in the head, neck, arms, and shoulders. By addressing the nerves transmitting these pain signals, cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy offers a potential reduction in pain intensity and frequency. 
  • Cervical Degenerative Disc Disease: This degenerative condition affects the discs in the cervical spine, leading them to wear down over time. As the discs deteriorate, they can cause pain and place additional stress on the facet joints. While cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy doesn’t cure the disc disease itself, it alleviates pain arising from complications associated with the condition, such as inflamed facet joints. 
  • Cervical Facet Joint Syndrome: This refers to pain and discomfort originating from the cervical spine’s facet joints. Factors like arthritis, injuries, or general wear and tear can lead to this syndrome. Through the neurotomy procedure, the nerves transmitting pain from the affected facet joints are targeted, providing a potential pathway to relief. 

Why Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers?

At Lonseth Interventional Pain Centers, we pride ourselves on a combination of seasoned expertise, state-of-the-art equipment, and a patient-centered approach to care. Our specialized team has vast experience in performing Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy, utilizing the latest technology to optimize both results and patient comfort. Each treatment plan is tailored to the individual, and our track record of successful outcomes speaks to our unwavering dedication to excellence. With a focus on safety and a seamless patient experience, Lonseth stands out as a premier choice for pain management. 

Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy FAQ

Yes, Radiofrequency Neurotomy is often referred to as Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). Both terms describe a procedure where radiofrequency energy is used to produce heat that interrupts nerve conduction, specifically blocking the pain signals.

The relief from radio frequency neurotomy can vary from patient to patient. Typically, the pain relief can last from 6 months up to 2 years. However, the exact duration depends on individual factors like the patient’s underlying condition and how their body responds to the treatment.

Radiofrequency neurotomy can be repeated if the pain returns after the effects of the initial procedure wear off. There isn’t a strict limit to how many times the procedure can be done. However, the frequency and necessity will be determined by the patient’s condition and the recommendation of the doctor.

While radiofrequency neurotomy is considered a minimally invasive procedure, it is not an open surgery. It involves the insertion of a needle to deliver the radiofrequency energy to the targeted nerve. The procedure is typically done under local anesthesia, and patients often return home the same day.