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Everything You Need to Know About Radiofrequency Denervation

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By 911 Pain Management | June 15th, 2022 | Pain Management

Whether you have back or neck pain due to chronic conditions like arthritis or a past injury, you’ve probably tried every possible treatment suggested by your doctor. 

While pain medications can ease the pain for a period, over time, your body will build up a tolerance that can lead to individuals taking their pain medicines more frequently and at stronger dosages, potentially leading to developing other health issues. 

Luckily, you’re not out of options. If you’ve been trying to steer away from surgical solutions or surgery has failed to fix the problem, you may benefit from a minimally invasive procedure called radiofrequency denervation, provided by your McAllen pain management specialists. 

What Is Radiofrequency Denervation?

Radiofrequency denervation might sound like a complicated and intimidating procedure, but it’s actually a very simple process that has a good chance of providing long-term relief to individuals dealing with chronic pain.  

Radiofrequency denervation, or facet denervation, is a form of treatment that involves heating the facet joint nerves until they can no longer function. The sole purpose of these nerves is to transmit pain signals from the joints to the brain, so blocking the nerve impulses is virtually inconsequential. 

What Does the Procedure Involve? 

This procedure doesn’t require any carving or general anesthesia, so you’re awake the whole time, and there’s little to no healing period. 

Your physician will inject a local anesthetic to numb the area and reduce any possibility of discomfort. After the area is numbed, the physician will pass a thin, hollow needle towards the nerve with the help of a CT scan. Once the needle is positioned correctly, a thin probe will be passed through the needle towards the nerve endings. 

Your physician will ensure the probe is in the right place using these two tests:

  • Sensation – Pressure or tingling in the back is expected.
  • MovementThrobbing should only be felt on the back; if you feel throbbing on the legs, your physician will reposition the probe. 

Once the probe is correctly placed, and the intravenous sedative has been applied, the probe’s tip will be heated to 80 degrees centigrade or 176 degrees Fahrenheit. The high heat is enough to cause a heat lesion to the nerve and block the path of sensation.

What To Expect After the Radiofrequency Denervation 

You should be released a few hours after the procedure, following an evaluation by your nurse and physician. Like any procedure, it’s important to rest as needed and refrain from doing any strenuous activities for a few days. 

Relief from the initial pain and symptoms varies from patient to patient, but you should continue to take pain medication until symptoms clear up. 

For most patients, this procedure successfully reduces or eliminates pain, but nerves may regrow over time and the pain may resurface. Luckily, this simple procedure can be repeated, and the chances of relief are higher. 

Radiofrequency Denervation for Back or Neck Pain at Your McAllen Pain Doctor

Don’t live with pain when you can get relief with a quick and simple procedure. Say goodbye to toxic painkillers, demanding physical therapy, and pain with the minimally invasive facet denervation provided by the pain experts at the 911 Pain Management Clinic.

At 911 Pain Management Clinic, we’re dedicated to providing you with the best treatment options for your chronic pain. If you’re tired of living with pain and jumping from treatment to treatment, this procedure may be perfect for your chronic back or neck pain. 

Schedule your appointment with the pain experts at the 911 Pain Management Clinic today and get the relief you desperately need.

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Yixiang Liu MD is a nationally renowned pain management physician in McAllen, Texas. She has never settled for less when it comes to healing others, and her medical training, education, and experience ensure that you get the best in pain management available to you.

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