Facet joint block / Radiofrequency Denervation
This minimally invasive procedure reduces or eliminate the pain of damaged facet joint by either reducing the joint inflammation or by disrupting the nerves that carry pain signals from the joint.
A small needle is inserted under fluoroscopic guidance either directly into the joint to inject anti-inflammatory medications or positioned at nerve supplying the joint.
To confirm the diagnosis of Facet Arthropathy, local anesthetic may be injected to temporarily block the nerves. This may be required at multiple levels.
Radiofreqency needle is inserted through cannula. After confirming the position, heat is applied to the electrode to cauterize the nerve.