A radiofrequency neurotomy is a type of injection procedure in which a heat lesion is created on certain nerves with the goal of interrupting the pain signals to the brain, thus eliminating the facet or sacroiliac joint pain. A medial branch neurotomy affects the nerves carrying pain from the facet joints, and a lateral branch neurotomy affects nerves that carry pain from the sacroiliac joints.
These medial or lateral branch nerves do not control any muscles or sensation in the arms or legs so there is no danger of negatively affecting those areas. The medial branch nerves do control small muscles in the neck and mid or low back, but loss of these nerves has not proved harmful. Contact our pain clinic in Chicago today for treatment.
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FAQs About Radiofrequency Neurotomy
Radiofrequency neurotomy may cause some discomfort during the procedure. However, most patients report only minor discomfort. The pain is usually caused by muscle spasms and the areas where the needles were inserted. If necessary, the doctor may prescribe medication for the soreness and pain. If you have any concerns about the procedure, please speak with our pain management specialist. They will be more than happy to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
It is important to avoid strenuous activity and heavy lifting for at least 24 hours after the procedure. This will help to reduce any discomfort or pain you may be feeling. In addition, you should drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated and help your body recover. You can expect to return to your normal activities within a few days. Please do not hesitate to contact our office if you have any queries or concerns.
Wear loose, comfortable clothing to your appointment and remove all jewelry from your body. You should also not eat or drink for at least six hours before the procedure. If you are taking any medications, please let our staff know so that we can advise you on whether or not to take them before the procedure. Finally, please make sure to arrive on time for your appointment. Our pain management specialist will give you further instructions on how to prepare for your procedure.
Radiofrequency neurotomy is an outpatient procedure, so it generally takes an hour to complete. Once the procedure is finished, you will be able to go home and rest. It is important to take it easy for the rest of the day and avoid any strenuous activity. Our pain management specialist will give you further instructions on what to do and what to expect after the procedure.