Pulsed radiofrequency is performed in patients with back pain, radiating from the nerve roots. In chronic pain, electrical stimulation disrupts the conduction of painful stimuli through nerve roots. Through electrical stimulation of nerve root cells we establish balance and reduce the intensity of pain.
How does the procedure work?
During pulsed radiofrequency, we insert a needle-shaped electrode to the affected tissue and release an electric current into it. However, this technique differs from radiofrequency ablation. The word pulse means that energy is introduced into the electrode intermittently, allowing the electrode temperature to be kept low (42-45 ° C) as opposed to the higher temperatures required for ablation. The application of radio frequency pulses to the nerves blocks the transmission of painful stimuli, which stops the perception of pain for several weeks to months. As soon as the electric field of the pulsed radiofrequency is applied directly to the nerve, it affects only that part of the nerve which is responsible for the propagation of the pain signal.
- Outpatient surgery under accurate, safe and targeted C-arm (X-ray control)
- Under local anesthesia
- Duration of the procedure 30 minutes
If follow-up therapy is needed, we proceed to other minimally-invasive and endoscopic procedures.