Radiofrequency Ablation of Facet Joints
Radiofrequency Ablation, also known as RFA, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency energy to disrupt nerve function, blocking pain signals. When performed on the facet joints—small joints at each segment of the spine that provide stability and guide motion—it can provide significant relief from chronic pain caused by facet joint syndrome or other spinal conditions.
Who is a Candidate for Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency Ablation of Facet Joints is typically recommended for patients who have chronic neck or back pain that has not responded well to conservative treatment methods. Prior to recommending RFA, our team conducts a comprehensive evaluation to confirm that the facet joints are the source of pain.
What Can I Expect During the Procedure?
During the RFA procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the treatment area. Under image guidance, a small, insulated needle (radiofrequency cannula) is inserted into the facet joint. A tiny, electrified wire is then passed through the cannula to deliver the radiofrequency energy and heat the nerve tissue, disrupting its ability to transmit pain signals.
The entire procedure typically takes less than an hour, and patients are usually able to return home on the same day. It’s normal to experience some soreness at the injection site following the procedure, but this typically resolves within a few days.
Why Choose SOLUTIONS Pain and Spine?
At SOLUTIONS Pain and Spine, our highly skilled team is experienced in performing Radiofrequency Ablation procedures. We prioritize your comfort and well-being, providing a thorough explanation of the process, answering all your questions, and ensuring you’re comfortable throughout the procedure. Our team also provides detailed aftercare instructions and continued support to ensure a smooth recovery.
Our primary goal is to help you manage your pain effectively and improve your quality of life. To learn more about Radiofrequency Ablation of Facet Joints or to find out if it’s the right treatment for your condition, please contact us at SOLUTIONS Pain and Spine to schedule a consultation. We’re here to support you on your journey towards a life with less pain.