Percutaneous vertebral radiofrequency ablation


Percutaneous vertebral radiofrequency ablation is a medical procedure used to reduce back pain caused by spinal issues, especially in the area of the vertebral joints. This procedure involves using radiofrequency energy to destroy damaged nerve endings that transmit pain signals.


Candidates for percutaneous vertebral radiofrequency ablation are typically individuals suffering from chronic back pain, especially caused by degenerative changes in the spine, osteoarthritis, or spondylolisthesis.


Preparation for the treatment usually involves a review of medical history, physical examination, and explanation of the procedure and potential complications.


During the treatment, the patient lies on the procedure table, and the treatment area is sterilized. Local anesthetic is applied to the skin to reduce discomfort during the injection of radiofrequency energy. Then, a thin needle or catheter is inserted into the skin and guided by fluoroscopy or CT to the treatment site. Once the needle is properly positioned, radiofrequency energy is used to heat and destroy the damaged nerve endings.


Results of percutaneous vertebral radiofrequency ablation may vary, but many patients notice a reduction in pain and improvement in function after the procedure. It is important to note that results may be temporary, and some patients may require repeated treatments to maintain pain relief.


Precautionary measures include monitoring for possible complications such as infection, bleeding, or nerve damage. Patients should follow their doctor's instructions regarding activities after the treatment to avoid complications and ensure optimal healing.

Ivana, Patient Coordinator

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