The cervical spine in the neck may develop conditions that cause chronic pain. Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery that provides long-term pain relief. Texas Pain Institute offers cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy targets nerves in the uppermost portion of the spine that starts at the base of the skull and ends at the neck. Headaches, neck pain and pain the upper back are the most common indications of cervical spine disorders.
What are the Benefits of Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy may be recommended if your chronic headaches, neck pain or upper back pain are not adequately managed with more conservative options, such as medications, or if you prefer to reduce your use of prescription drugs for pain. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis, and general anesthesia is not necessary.
Am I a Candidate for Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
At Texas Pain Institute, we recommend cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy for patients who:
- Use pain medications to help with chronic discomfort in the upper back, as well as for chronic headaches
- Experience chronic pain on a level that interferes with quality of life
- Are unable to engage with physical therapy and other primary treatments due to the level of pain
How is Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Performed?
We do not use general anesthesia for our cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy procedures. A light sedative and local anesthesia are adequate to help you relax and feel comfortable. Fluoroscopy is used during the procedure to guide the radiofrequency probe to the appropriate position near the nerves. We administer the mild thermal energy at the base of the nerve to destroy it and stop the pain signals to the brain. You may feel a mild warmth as the radiofrequency energy is applied.
What is the Recovery Like After Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
You will relax in our recovery area for 30 to 60 minutes after the procedure before being released to go home. Please have someone available to drive for you. You will need to rest at home for at least 24 hours. If the area feels sore, you can apply ice packs for 20 minutes at a time. Do not use heating pad, as this may cause inflammation. Bathing should be avoided for the first 24 hours.
What is the Prognosis After Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Although the nerves are destroyed during the procedure, the body may replace them with new nerve fibers. Should your chronic pain return, we can perform an additional cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.