Neurotomy is a procedure which involves surgical removal or freezing of the sensory nerve tissues to relieve the patient from the chronic pain caused in the neck and back. The most popular type of neurotomy procedure is Radiofrequency neurotomy where radio waves are used to generate heat to cause temporary degeneration of the targeted nerves and to disrupt their ability to release pain signals.
The radio waves are transmitted to the specific nerves using needles which are injected through the skin above the patient’s spine. The doctors use imaging scans during the radiofrequency neurotomy to make out the right position for placing the needles.
Before the procedure, the doctor may do one test to make sure that the nerves targeted for the procedure are the ones responsible for pain.
During this test, your doctor will inject a small dose of anesthesia into the exact place where he/she will inject the radiofrequency needles. If you feel that the pain is significantly reduced, then radiofrequency treatment will be of help to you.
Besides, before the procedure you are advised not to: • Chew tobacco products • Use perfumes, deodorants or lotions while going for the treatment • Use mixed liquids for taking medicines
Once the procedure is finished, you’ll be shifted to the rest room so that you can feel comfortable and recover quickly to go home.
After you reach home: • Deter from using heat pad on the injected spot. • Don’t take baths for two days; however you may take a warm shower a day after the surgery. • If you notice some soreness, then apply ice packs 3-4 times within 24 hours after the surgery.
Benefits: • Requires a short stay in hospital • Involves less complications • Less expensive than other treatment methods
Credihealth is a medical assistance company that gives guidance to a patient from the first consultation through the entire hospitalization process. A team of in-house Credihealth doctors helps the patient find the right doctor, book appointment, request cost estimate for procedures and manage admission & discharge processes.