BUT FIRST THIS MESSAGE!
YES, I LIVE AND NO THAT WASN’T MY DOCTOR!!!
Hi, everybody, and first I want to tell you that I’m alive, and doing fine. As some of you know, I had what they call a, “Radio Frequency Ablation” today done on my back. Many have you have asked what this is.
- An IV line will be started so that adequate relaxation medicine can be given, as needed.
- The patient lies face down on an x-ray table and the skin over the neck, mid-back, or low back is well cleaned.
- The physician numbs a small area of skin with numbing medicine (anesthetic), which may sting for a few seconds.
- The physician uses x-ray guidance (fluoroscopy) to direct a special (radio-frequency) needle alongside the medial or lateral branch nerves.
- A small amount of electrical current will then be carefully passed through the needle to assure it is next to the target nerve. This should briefly recreate the usual facet joint or sacroiliac pain, and cause a muscle twitch in the neck or back.
- The nerves will then be numbed to minimize the facet or sacroiliac joint pain while the lesion is being created. This process will be repeated for 1 to 5 additional nerves.