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Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy (Ablation)
If you are suffering from pain and require a Lumbar Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy, training and experience must rank high on your list when choosing a physician to perform the procedure safely and with technical precision in order to give you the best chance of a successful outcome by significantly reducing or eliminating your pain. With over 20 years of combined experience, our caring, highly qualified, and technically skilled ABMS Board Certified and ACGME fellowship trained Interventional Pain Doctors are here to help.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy Definition
Radio frequency ablation (RFA) is a medical procedure where part of the nerve is ablated using high frequency alternating current. An important advantage of RF current (over previously used low frequency AC or pulses of DC) is that it does not directly stimulate nerves or heart muscle and can therefore be used without the need for general anaesthetic. RFA has become increasingly accepted in the last 15 years with promising results. RFA procedures are performed under X-ray image guidance.
RFA, or rhizotomy, is sometimes used to treat severe chronic pain in the lower (lumbar) back, where radio frequency waves are used to produce heat on specifically identified nerves surrounding the facet joints on either side of the lumbar spine. By generating heat around the nerve, its ability to transmit pain signals to the brain is destroyed, thus ablating the nerve. The nerves to be ablated are identified through injections of local anesthesia (such as lidocaine) prior to the RFA procedure. If the local anesthesia injections provide temporary pain relief, then RFA is performed on the nerve(s) that responded well to the injections. RFA is a minimally invasive procedure which can be done in our state licensed facilities, where the patient is sent home shortly after completion of the procedure. The patient is awake during the procedure, so risks associated with general anesthesia are avoided. One thing to consider about this procedure is that nerves regenerate over time, so the pain relief achieved lasts for varying durations (6–24 months) in most patients.
Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy Specialists
We are one of the few facilities which offer the entire spectrum of state-of-the-art minimally invasive spine and pain management procedures. We accurately diagnose and treat back and neck pain, headache, RSD, joint pain, nerve pain, and many other types of pain.
Our mission is to provide up to date, evidence-based, and individualized care for our patients in a comfortable private office setting through a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to relieve pain, improve function and maximize quality of life. We hope to be the answer to your pain. We offer unparalleled service, are easily accessible, and work closely with local community healthcare providers.
Our specialists and facilities are located in Dedham, Duxbury, Framingham, West Yarmouth and Mashpee, MA.
Right Choice, Right Diagnosis and Right Treatment
Our mission is to provide up to date, evidence-based, and individualized care for our patients in a comfortable private office setting through a comprehensive multidisciplinary approach to relieve pain, improve function and maximize quality of life. We hope to be the answer to your pain. We offer unparalleled service, are easily accessible, and work closely with local community health care providers.