Radiofrequency neurotomy is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure that is performed in an outpatient setting. Radiofrequency neurotomy is effective in treating the following conditions:
Radiofrequency neurotomy uses heat generated by radio waves to target specific nerves and temporarily disrupt their ability to transmit pain signals, providing rapid pain relief. During the procedure, a physician uses X-ray guidance to carefully guide a small needle to the affected area. The needle is then inserted and radio waves are delivered to the targeted nerves. After a brief rest period, the patient is allowed to go home.
Patients who suffer from chronic back, neck, hip, or knee pain may be candidates for radiofrequency neurotomy. Chronic pain is defined as pain lasting longer than 12 weeks, even after conservative treatment. Indications for radiofrequency neurotomy include the following:
Osteoarthritis, which refers to a chronic condition of the joints in which the cartilage incurs wear and tear
Spine conditions resulting from traumatic injuries, such as a motor vehicle accident involving a spine injury