Lumbar Radiofrequency Neurotomy

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What is it?

Lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy is using radiofrequency to destroy the medial branch nerve that innervates a facet joint.

How does it work?

Lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy involves using fluoroscopy (X-ray) to place needles in the proximity of the medial branch nerve. Then radiofrequency energy is used to destroy the medial branch nerve. The medial branch nerve is responsible for carrying pain signals from the facet joint. Once this nerve is destroyed, patients do not feel the arthritis in their facet joints as much.

What conditions does it treat?

Lumbar radiofrequency neurotomy is used to treat arthritis of the facet joints, which is a common cause of back pain.