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Radiofrequency nerve ablation

Radiofrequency nerve ablation is an outpatient procedure that aims to heat a specific nerve that supply the facet joint (source of the pain). With the heat the nerve is temporarily deactivated and the pain signal is interrupted.

Surgical procedure: the steps.

  1. The procedure is performed under live video X- Ray to constantly verify the position of the needle.
  2. A needle is inserted through the back and an electrode is then inserted through the needle.
  3. Radiofrequency current is sent through the electrode to the tissue causing the tissue to heat.
  4. The nerve is temporarily deactivated, as well as the pain signal.

Percutaneous discectomy -
Chemonucleolysis -
Ablation IDET -
Microdiscectomy -
Open discectomy -
Radiofrequency nerve ablation -
Dynamic stabilization   
Spinal fusion   
Less Invasive Spine Surgery   

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