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Radiofrequency Lesioning

A minimally invasive and non-surgical procedure for management of chronic pain.

For patients who have failed to experience chronic pain relief from other forms of treatment, radiofrequency lesioning can provide the relief you’ve been searching for. During this procedure, an electrode placed next to the nerves that are sending the pain signals. The electrode  produces radiofrequency energy which creates heat and a powerful magnetic field, this process lesions the nerve. The nerve will not work properly until it has time to recover from the lesion 6months to 2 years. This prevents the nerve from continuing to send pain signals, successfully providing relief from chronic pain. Almost no detectable damage is done during this treatment allowing it to. be repeated as long as the pain syndrome persists.

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How the Treatment is Performed

To perform radiofrequency lesioning, a small hollow needle is inserted next to the affected nerve. Once it’s correctly positioned, an electrode is inserted into the needle will first send a test stimulation energy to confirm proper location and then send radio frequency  energy to the nerve for a precise period of time with precisely controlled temperature.  These radio waves then cause the nerve to heat up and create a lesion of dysfunction but not destruction..

This procedure is very precise and will not affect or damage healthy nerves that are nearby. And is very safe as the amount of energy used does not perminately damage the nerve. Radiofrequency lesioning is typically an outpatient procedure performed using only local anesthesia.

Pain Conditions Helped by Radiofrequency Lesioning

Radiofrequency lesioning can help patients who would like to:

  • Stop or reduce chronic pain
  • Improve function
  • Reduce reliance on pain medications
  • Prevent or delay surgery
This procedure can treat a variety of chronic pain conditions but is particularly helpful for conditions including: