Chronic back pain in the middle of your back or between your shoulder blades may be alleviated with thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy. Texas Pain Institute offers thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and nearby areas of Texas.
What is Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery that aims to reduce pain sensations in the nerves that are located in the middle of the back. The procedure works by applying a gentle thermal energy that destroys the active nerves. Patients who have our thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy treatment may notice an immediate reduction in chronic pain and improved mobility.
What are the Benefits of Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
The main benefit of thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy is that it removes the nerves that are sending contact pain signals to your brain. Once the nerves are eliminated, your brain no longer recognizes the pain and you feel relief. Patients who have the procedure may need their pain medications less often and be able to better engage in physical therapy.
Am I a Candidate for Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
We may recommend thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy if your symptoms include:
- Reduced discomfort when reclined or lying down
- Pain that occurs on one or both sides of the middle back
- Increased pain with certain body movement, such as turning, twisting or lifting
- Pain that radiates down to the knee
How is Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Performed?
We perform our thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy procedures using fluoroscopy to guide the probe. Once the probe is in the proper position at the affected nerve, we administer the radiofrequency energy. You may notice a slight warming sensation for a few seconds.
What is the Recovery Like After Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
We will monitor you for up to one hour after the thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy. You are then released to go home, and someone should drive for you. The area may feel tender, and ice packs can be used to help with any discomfort. You should not take a bath for the first 48 hours.
What is the Prognosis After Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Although thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy destroys the nerves at the origin of your pain, it is not considered a permanent solution for your chronic back pain. Nerves may regrow, and you may have an underlying condition that could compound your pain. Continue to work with your primary and specialty physicians to manage the medical condition that is causing your chronic back pain. If you do experience discomfort in the future, we can perform an additional treatment.
Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake and surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.