Thermal radiofrequency is suitable for the treatment of pain arising from the intervertebral joints, the intervertebral disc and the SI joint. The electric current, which generates a high temperature at the end of the needle, thermo-coagulates the nerve ending in the desired location. The aim of radiofrequency thermal ablation is to prolong pain relief obtained by blocking the medial nerve branches or injecting the drug into the intervertebral joint.
How does the procedure work?
Thermal radiofrequency ablation is a procedure in which an electric current with a frequency of radio waves is applied to the affected tissue using a needle-shaped electrode under local anesthesia. This leads to the formation of a relatively high temperature (80 – 85 ° C) on the stripped electrode tip, which destroys the target nerve. This interrupts the transmission of pain from the affected joint to the brain. This technique does not improve the condition of the joint itself, so it is advisable to supplement it with physiotherapy.
- Outpatient surgery under accurate, safe and targeted C-arm X-ray control
- Under local anesthesia
- Duration of the procedure approx. 30 minutes
If follow-up therapy is needed, we proceed to other minimally-invasive and endoscopic procedures.