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When Facet Thermal Ablation May Be Necessary

This procedure is typically considered for patients experiencing persistent back pain primarily attributed to facet joint problems. Indications for facet thermal ablation include:

  • Chronic back pain that does not respond to conservative treatments like physical therapy, medications, or injections
  • Diagnosed facet joint syndrome, where the facet joints become inflamed and painful
  • Positive response to diagnostic facet joint injections, indicating that the facet joints are the pain source

The Surgical Procedure

During facet thermal ablation, the patient is usually given local anesthesia and mild sedation. The surgeon uses imaging guidance to accurately position a needle-like probe near the affected facet joints. Radiofrequency energy is then applied through the probe to heat and disrupt the nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals from these joints. The procedure is typically done on an outpatient basis, allowing patients to return home the same day.

Excel Health’s Approach

At Excel Health, we are committed to providing advanced, minimally invasive treatment options like facet thermal ablation. Our approach includes:

  • Utilizing state-of-the-art imaging technology to ensure precise targeting of the affected nerves
  • Tailoring the procedure to each patient’s specific pain patterns and anatomical considerations
  • Focusing on minimally invasive techniques to ensure a quick recovery and minimal discomfort

Post-surgical Care and Recovery

Recovery from facet thermal ablation is generally quick, with most patients resuming normal activities within a few days. Some patients may experience immediate pain relief, while others might notice a gradual improvement over several weeks. Follow-up care typically includes physical therapy and lifestyle modifications to maintain pain relief and improve spinal health.

At Excel Health, our team is dedicated to ensuring that each patient receives personalized care throughout their treatment journey. From the initial consultation to post-procedure follow-up, our goal is to provide effective pain relief and improve our patients’ overall quality of life.

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