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Radiofrequency Neurolysis

Background

Radiofrequency (RF) Neurolysis is most commonly used for pain in the back, neck and buttocks (sacroiliac joint). It may also be helpful for long-term knee or hip joint pain. This procedure may also be referred to as radiofrequency neurotomy, radiofrequency rhizotomy or radiofrequency neuroablation. Radiofrequency Neurolysis uses heat generated by radio waves to target specific nerves and temporarily turn off their ability to send pain signals.

Radiofrequency Neurolysis Procedure

Dr. Magaziner uses numbing medication will be injected into your skin before the radiofrequency needles are inserted. The needles are inserted through your skin near the painful area and radio waves are delivered to the targeted nerves. A small electrical current from a radiofrequency generator is passed through a special needle called a cannula to treat a specific nerve. The electrical current causes protein within the nerve tissue to coagulate. This area of thermo coagulation or “lesion” causes the pain generating signals to be interrupted thereby reducing or eliminating pain. Dr. Magaziner uses advanced imaging guidance during the radiofrequency procedure to insure proper positioning and accurate delivery.
The actual heating takes only about 90 seconds and is repeated several times along each nerve. A steroid (long-acting cortisone type medication) may be injected to reduce inflammation. Relief of pain may be immediate or may decrease over the next several weeks. It is not uncommon to experience temporary (1-2 weeks) sensitivity or feelings similar to a “sunburn sensation” over the skin where the treatment was performed. Most radiofrequency treatments are not permanent. Typical pain relief can be expected from 4 to 20 months. The nerve tissue eventually regenerates, and the process can potentially be repeated in the future, if deemed necessary.
Radiofrequency neurotomy is an outpatient procedure, so you’ll go home later that same day.

Who should have this procedure?

Patients are carefully screened to determine whether they are appropriate candidates for radiofrequency by first undergoing a series of diagnostic blocks.

Benefits of Radiofrequency Neurolysis

The goal is to reduce chronic pain for an extended period of time. Radiofrequency is not a permanent fix for back or neck pain. Studies on the success of treatment have been conflicting. Some people may have modest, short-term pain relief, while others might feel better for several months. Sometimes, the treatment does not improve pain or function at all. For the treatment to work and for you to feel better, it’s important that the nerves targeted by the procedure are the same nerves responsible for your pain.

Dr. Magaziner uses this technology to treat musculoskeletal and joint arthritic conditions. He often uses this therapy in conjunction with Prolotherapy (Prolozone Therapy) to enhance the therapeutic effects in the disc and epidural space for spinal problems.

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Dr. Edward Magaziner has dedicated his career to helping people with pain, and musculoskeletal injuries. His focus is to use state of the art and innovative treatments to alleviate these problems. He is well known around the country in his field and is considered by many one of the top treating physicians in this region.