Radiofrequency Neurotomy & Pain Management
At Azalea Orthopedics, our orthopedic doctors provide comprehensive care to each patient to treat and manage their individual situation. Our skilled professionals utilize the most advanced technology to aid their care for quick diagnoses and effective treatments, particularly to alleviate neck and back pain. Depending on your unique patient care and your pain, your doctor may recommend radiofrequency neurotomy for neck and back pain.
What is Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Radiofrequency neurotomy is a procedure that uses radiofrequency waves to heat and block the pain pathway to facet joints, specifically to alleviate pain in the back or neck. Prior to the start of the procedure, an intravenous line will be placed in the patient’s arm or hand to deliver medication to keep them comfortable throughout the procedure. The actual procedure utilizes radiofrequency needles placed along the medial branches and fluoroscopy. Fluoroscopy is a special X-ray that allows the physician to see exactly where the needle needs to be placed. Typically, once the radiofrequency neurotomy is completed, a patient can expect their pain relief to last for 6 to 9 months, however, this can vary from patient to patient.
What to Expect with the Procedure
Prior to the radiofrequency neurotomy, your doctor will explain all of the details and answer any questions you may have. Additionally, you can expect the following:
- Radiofrequency neurotomy is an outpatient procedure that normally takes about 30 minutes.
- After the procedure, it is important to relax and rest for the remainder of the day.
- Avoid driving for up to 24 hours after the procedure meaning someone needs to pick you up once the procedure is completed.
- Discuss any pain medication with your physician prior to taking it after the procedure.
- If you experience pain or swelling at the injection site, you can apply ice.
- Do not use a heating pad to alleviate pain at the injection site.
For all questions and concerns, please contact your physician at Azalea Orthopedics.
Schedule an Appointment at Azalea Orthopedics for Radiofrequency Neurotomy!
If you are suffering from back and neck pain, contact Azalea Orthopedics to understand if you’d be a good candidate for radiofrequency neurotomy. We look forward to seeing you soon!