Who ? - Patients who have undergone two successful diagnostic Medial Branch Block (MBB) injections, qualify for Radiofrequency Neuroablation.
What ? - Radiofrequency Neuroablation uses an electrical current to heat up the injection needle tip, which essentially melts the very tiny pain nerve so it can no longer send pain transmissions to your brain.
Where ? - Facet Joints are located between each vertebra, and they allow you to bend and twist your back. The nerve supplying the joint is called the Medial Branch Nerve. A Neuroablation stops the nerves carrying pain from these facet joints.
Why ? - This is simply the best treatment option for most arthritic type back pain. The pain relief usually lasts for years.
Before Your Injection
A Radiofrequency Neuroablation (RF) is a final procedure and hopefully will give you years of relief.
Please advise your physician if you are on a blood thinner. You must receive specific instructions on when to temporarily discontinue the medication.
Do not take more than 81 mg of aspirin per day for 7 days prior to the Radiofrequency Neuroablation.
Wear short sleeves and loose comfortable clothing such as sweats and a tee shirt for lower back procedures or a thin strapped tank top for neck procedures. You may be asked to change into a hospital gown prior to the procedure.
Please do not wear any metal, including: watches, underwires, belts, jewelery, etc.
You may be a little sore after the procedure. Most patients do not need to take pain pills. If you do, you may take ibuprofen or other medications as allowed by your physician.
Please talk to us if you have any questions or concerns regarding the procedure before your appointment.