When facet joint injections do not give you relief from chronic pain in your neck or middle back, you may benefit from thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy. Central Florida Pain Management offers thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy for residents of central Florida, including the communities of Ocala and The Villages.
What is Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a minimally invasive spine surgery that alleviates chronic pain that originates in the thoracic region of the spine. The procedure is most often recommended when facet injections do not provide relief or when a patient has more advanced chronic pain.
What Are the Benefits of Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Patients in the Ocala area who entrust their care to Central Florida Pain Management enjoy many benefits of their thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy procedures. No general anesthesia is needed, so many people who cannot have more invasive surgery still have treatment options for chronic pain. Little to no downtime is needed.
Am I a Candidate for Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
When we review your medical history and symptoms, we look for indications that you are a good candidate for thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy, such as failed facet injections, location and severity of your pain, and any other therapies that have been used in the past.
How is Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Performed?
Thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy works by blocking signals from the medial nerve group that deliver pain signals from the facet joints to the brain. The thoracic facet joints start at the base of your neck and extend downward to the abdominal area. Nerve abnormalities in the thoracic region may cause pain in the upper or middle back, as well as the arms or neck. The procedure begins with a local anesthesia being administered to numb the area. A thin electrode is inserted into the soft tissues and used to administer radiofrequency energy that heats and destroys the nerves.
What is Recovery Like After Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
You may have some mild symptoms, such as fatigue and tenderness, after your thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy procedure. You should feel better within one to three days. Patients often note that their pain has dissipated at the end of the procedure.
What is the Prognosis After Thoracic Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?
Nerves can grow back after a thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy. We will monitor your progress, and we encourage our patients to take note of any pain or stiffness that they experience in the neck area or upper/middle back.
Central Florida Pain Management specializes in thoracic facet radiofrequency neurotomy for residents of Ocala, The Villages, and nearby areas of central Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.