Radiofrequency Neurotomy

Radio frequency neurotomy works by means of radio waves (heat) that are sent through a needle to disrupt small sensory nerve endings of your medial branch nerves and interrupt pain signals from the facet joint(s). This procedure is considered quite effective and typically patients report pain relief between 6-24 months after the procedure. It can take between 1-4 weeks for the results to be fully noticed. The nerve endings do regenerate; therefore the return of familiar pain is likely. Fortunately, the procedure may be repeated if necessary and appropriate. You should recall that you have had the “test injections” called Medial Branch Blocks that determined that the radio frequency neurotomy is an appropriate treatment for this pain complaint.

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During this COVID-19 pandemic, our goal at Pacific Pain Medicine Consultants is to provide patient’s with quality pain management treatment while still optimizing the health and safety of our patients, providers, and staff.

We are providing telemedicine visits for new and established patients. Patients with severe pain that warrant more urgent treatment with injections will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will need to evaluate the patient’s age, medical comorbidities, and risk factors as well as potential symptoms of respiratory infection in making a determination. Elective pain procedures and injections are deferred at this time in order to minimize the potential spread of the coronavirus and to ration personal protect equipment so it may be available where it is most critically needed.