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Radiofrequency Neurotomy (Cervical Facet, Thoracic Facet, Lumbar)

What is Radiofrequency Neurotomy?

The pain originating in the facet joints of the cervical (neck region), thoracic (middle back region), and lumbar (pelvis region) of the spine can be relieved with the help of Radiofrequency Neurotomy. Radiofrequency Neurotomy is also known as Radiofrequency Ablation, and through this procedure, the pain carrying medial nerves of the cervical/thoracic/lumbar region are burnt to relieve the pain. The burning or ablation is done through an electric current produced with help of radio waves. This therapy is a non-surgical minimally invasive procedure that takes not more than 15 to 20 minutes.

Radiofrequency Therapy at Dunes Pain


The spinal area on which the procedure has to be performed is first cleaned, and then local anesthesia is administered to numb down the surrounding tissues. Intravenous sedatives might also be given in cases where the patient feels particularly uneasy. However, in the case when sedatives are administered, the patient will be required to have somebody’s help to drive back home.


The Dunes Pain physician will then insert a thin needle in the place where the damaged nerve is present; fluoroscopic imaging is used so as to place the needle with accuracy. Once the setup is done, electric current simulations begin with the help of an injected microelectrode.

Throughout the therapy, the patient’s feedback regarding the sensations felt is taken by the physician. This is done to determine whether the electrode is at the correct place or not. When the electrode is precisely placed, the radiofrequency neurotomy begins, and the heat of the electrode burns the tissues and the damaged nerves providing relief in pain.


Radiofrequency neurotomy has almost zero side-effects, and if at all the patient experiences any, it is due to the local anesthesia. To recover from the pain due to the procedure the patients can use remedies like ice packs. Our Dunes Pain specialist will clear all your doubts and impart aftercare instructions when you discharge.


To get the best Radiofrequency Neuropathy treatment, contact Dunes Pain Specialists for expert consultation.

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