Spine Procedures
Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation works to eliminate facet joint pain by means of a tiny probe which prohibits the affected nerve from transmitting pain signals.


Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation is a procedure that relieves facet joint pain by utilizing a radiofrequency probe to remove the ability of affected nerves in the facet joint to transmit pain.

The minimally invasive AccuCision® Spine procedure begins with application of local anesthetic to the neck. A needle-like tube known as a cannula is then inserted into the patient’s neck and guided to irritated medial branch nerves near the painful facet joint with the help of a special x-ray machine. Next, the doctor inserts a radiofrequency electrode through the cannula, and tests the position with a weak pulse. The electrode is in the correct position when the test recreates the pain the patient has been experiencing without having any other effects. Once in place, heat is created by the electrode to cauterize the affected nerve, relieving pain by removing the nerve’s ability to send pain signals to the brain. Once this is completed, the electrode and cannula are removed and a bandage is placed on the entry point.

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