Radio Frequency Rhizotomy
When facet joints are a source of pain, Conquest MD in Mckinney, TX offers Radio Frequency Rhizotomy as a viable option for relieving it. This procedure consists of heating the nerve until it ceases to be in contact with the joint, which significantly reduces the arthritic pain felt by the body. Rhizotomy is a powerful way to address pain directly and can provide patients with much-needed relief.
What is Radio Frequency Rhizotomy?
Radio Frequency Rhizotomy (RFR) is a procedure that is used to treat chronic pain. It is a minimally invasive procedure, which means that it is done with the help of a needle. By using radiofrequency energy RFR is able to destroy or disable the nerve endings responsible for the pain. It works by utilizing high-frequency electrical currents that target nerves and disrupt nerve signals in order to reduce pain. The procedure is usually performed using a thin needle-like device called an RF generator.
What is the Procedure Like?
This procedure is non-surgical and entirely done using a needle. The target of this procedure is the facet joint nerve, which only serves the facet joint. As a result, melting this nerve does not cause any major problems with muscle strength or motion. Additionally, surrounding nerves that help signal your body to protect you are also present in the area, ensuring you are safe and secure during the procedure.
The RFR procedure can be done as an outpatient procedure in a doctor’s office or an operating room. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area, and a tiny incision is made in the skin where the procedure will take place. The doctor then inserts an RF generator needle into the affected area and sends radio frequency energy through it. The energy’s electrical current is used to target the nerve and destroys the nerve endings responsible for the pain.
The procedure typically takes about 30 minutes, and patients may experience some soreness or discomfort for a few days after.
The procedure is generally very safe, with minimal risk of complications.
Why Rhizotomy Helps
RFR has been used to treat a variety of pain conditions including:
Chronic pain in the lower and upper back, neck, and other parts of the body
Chronic headaches, such as migraines and tension headaches
The procedure is often used when more conservative treatments, such as medications, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes have failed to provide adequate relief.
Effectiveness of Treatment
The benefits of RFR can be seen very quickly, with some patients experiencing relief within a few days. The effects typically last for several months, and the procedure can be repeated if needed. Before undergoing RFR, it is important to discuss the risks and benefits of the procedure with a doctor. As with any medical procedure, there are certain risks associated with RFR, including infection, bleeding, and nerve damage. Overall, RFR is a safe, effective option for treating various types of chronic pain. It can provide fast relief without the need for surgery or long-term medications. If you are struggling with chronic pain, talk to the specialist at Conquest MD, TX to see if RFR is right for you.