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How Long Does Relief from Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Last?

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Are you at your wit's end after trying just about everything to treat your chronic neck pain? You may be wondering how long the effects of cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy last and if it is right for you. Below, we will help clarify everything you need to know about this procedure, including what it treats, how long the results last, and where you can get it.

What is Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?

Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy is a procedure designed to minimize or eliminate the cervical spine's pain caused by damaged facet joints. The treatment is also known as a radiofrequency rhizotomy.

Which Conditions Can Radiofrequency Rhizotomy Treat?

A pain specialist can treat damaged medial nerves with cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy. Damaged medial nerves occur when damaged facet joints develop bone spurs or experience trauma, among other potential causes. Radiofrequency rhizotomy can address symptoms, including cervical dystonia and pain in the back of your head, shoulders, back, and upper extremities.

What Side Effects May Occur After Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?

Side effects after this procedure are incredibly mild. You may experience discomfort that can be alleviated with over-the-counter analgesics. We will provide you with a comprehensive list of side effects you may encounter during your initial consultation. We will also provide information on care after the procedure and painkillers safe for you to take.

What Can I Expect During Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy?

Before the procedure starts, we will administer a local anesthetic to the facet joint we're treating. Once the area is numb, we will inject the site with a contrast dye and insert a cannula to test the medial nerves and determine which are damaged. Then, we cauterize the affected medial nerves to cause lesions that "turn off" the nerves, preventing pain.

What Can I Expect During the Recovery Process?

Everyone's recovery timeline is unique, but you can expect your recovery process to last between two and three days. During the first 48 hours after your procedure, you should avoid drinking alcohol, smoking, and exerting yourself too much. Approximately 72 hours after your cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy, your discomfort should be minimal.

How Long Do the Results for Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy Last? Will I Need Follow-Up Procedures?

It can take anywhere from three to four weeks for your treated nerves to die. After this point, you can expect pain relief for roughly nine to 14 months. However, everyone's body is unique. Approximately 50% of patients who receive cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy experience pain relief for two years.

Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today

If you are exhausted from living with chronic neck pain, contact our experts at The Pain Center San Diego today. We can help determine if you are an ideal candidate for cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy. We hope to hear from you soon!

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