Cervical Medial Branch Radio Frequency Ablation
Cervical Medial Branch Radio Frequency Ablation is a treatment for a common chronic pain localized in the neck. Chronic neck pain may be a symptom of Cervical Facet Syndrome, which can be treated with cervical branch radio frequency ablation. This is a minimally invasive procedure performed under local anesthetic. The objective of the procedure is to locate and destroy part of the nerve carrying the pain signal to the brain. Following anesthesia, the nerve conducting the pain is located and the surgeon places a tiny electrode, which can emit radiofrequencies by the nerve. Emissions from this electrode will heat and cauterize the nerve, thereby eliminating the transmission of the pain to the brain.