For patients suffering from pain or stiffness in the neck, we may recommend cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy. This treatment can prevent pain signals from traveling to the brain, providing effective relief. At The Pain Management Center, we are proud to serve the residents of Hamilton, Linwood and Voorhees, NJ.
What is Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a surgical pain management technique that eliminates the nerves’ ability to transmit pain signals to the brain. This treatment uses the common radiofrequency neurotomy technique, also known as radiofrequency ablation, to target nerves in the cervical facet joints of the neck. These are located at the base of the neck and the top of the spine. If you are experiencing neck pain from an injury, medical condition or other issue, cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy can produce lasting pain relief by blocking these pain signals.
How is Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Performed?
The cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy procedure, although surgical, is fairly simple. First, the treatment area will be numbed to ensure that you remain safe and comfortable throughout the duration of the treatment. Then, a small needle will be inserted into the nerves where pain signals are originating. Once in place, we will apply controlled radiofrequency energy to the nerves using this needle. This process heats and damages the nerves, preventing them from sending pain signals through the body. The cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy treatment takes about an hour to perform.
What is Recovery Like After Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
After cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy, patients are encouraged to take at least a day off of normal activities. Exercise, heavy lifting, and other strenuous activities should be avoided for at least a few days. You may notice some swelling, soreness or bruising in the treatment area, but these symptoms should fade shortly after treatment.
What Kind of Results Can I Achieve from Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
After cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy, the nerves are no longer able to transmit pain signals to the brain. This means you should notice an improvement in your pain levels as soon as immediately after your procedure. The body heals itself over time, meaning that your nerves will regenerate and some pain may return. However, most patients enjoy the results from their cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy treatment for a year or longer. The procedure can be repeated as needed.
If you are suffering from neck pain, contact us today to schedule your initial appointment and determine if cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a good option for you. At The Pain Management Center, we welcome patients from Turnersville, Linwood, Hamilton, and the surrounding areas of New Jersey.