Chronic neck or head pain may originate in the facet joints of the cervical vertebrae. Central Florida Pain Management offers cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy to relieve chronic pain of this nature that diminishes quality of life for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding communities of central Florida.
What is Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery that aims to reduce chronic neck and head pain. Nerves that wrap around the facet joints send pain signals to the brain. Chronic pain indicates that the nerves are overactive due to inflammation, injury, or other circumstances. Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy destroys these nerves to reduce chronic pain.
What Are the Benefits of Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Chronic head and neck pain is one of the most difficult types of pain to manage on your own. The condition seems to have a persistent presence in every situation. Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is recommended when facet joint injections stop working or do not produce the desired results.
Am I a Candidate for Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
During the consultation, we review your treatment history and symptoms to ensure that your chronic pain is related to the cervical facets of your spine. If you are a good candidate for a cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy, we explain the procedure and how it may help with your chronic pain symptoms.
How is Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Performed?
Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy does not require general anesthesia, so it is safe for patients who may not qualify for more invasive spine surgery. The area is numbed with a local anesthesia to help you feel comfortable. A thin electrode probe is inserted into the area until the tip reaches the target nerves. Radiofrequency energy is applied until the nerve is damaged. You may experience a slight warming sensation or stinging. A typical cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy takes one to two hours.
What is Recovery Like After Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
We monitor you in our recovery room for 30 to 60 minutes before allowing you to go home. Rest is important for the first few days. Although you are not required to limit your activities, we do recommend that you use moderation in any activities that may be considered strenuous.
What is the Prognosis After Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
The prognosis after cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is good for most patients. In some cases, we do find that the nerves regrow, and a secondary cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is necessary.
Central Florida Pain Management specializes in cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy, a minimally invasive spine surgery that helps with chronic head and neck pain. If you live in Ocala, The Villages, or nearby areas of central Florida, contact us to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.