Radiofrequency Lesioning is a procedure in which a nerve tissue section is heated to cause a long-lasting interruption in pain signals.
A Doral Health & Wellness physician will identify the nerve or nerves that send pain signals to the brain. Once identified, an instrument is placed under the skin through which electrical stimulation is transmitted to heat the surrounding tissue. A local anesthetic is sometimes used with intravenous (IV) sedation.
Patients with neck or back pain due to facet joint disease, occipital neuralgia, or other pains from irritated nerves are ideal candidates. Patients must have been responsive to local anesthetic blocks and cannot be taking blood-thinning medication or have an active infection.
The Radiofrequency Lesioning procedure takes 20 to 40 minutes.
Muscle soreness at the site or lower back possibly for up to a week. Patients can return to work as soon as 24 – 48 hours after the procedure.
The procedure may need to be repeated as the pain may return within months to years.
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