Persistent, deep-seated low back pain that can radiate over the entire low back and buttocks is usually most severe on rising in the morning or after sitting or resting for prolonged periods. Acute, stubborn or chronic sacroiliac joint (SIJ) pain, which is often impossible to manage by conservative treatment methods or by taking anti-inflammatory medications, can be treated successfully with the innovative minimally invasive RF neurotomy procedure.
This painless procedure employs the heat of radiofrequency energy (=RF) and gently deactivates the nerve causing the pain. The entire minimally invasive procedure is performed under local anesthesia and takes about 45 minutes. It is an outpatient treatment and the patient can usually leave afterwards with a dressing over the treated site. The patient is reviewed the next day and the dressing is changed. Usually, the patient can resume ordinary daily activities in full after only 2 days.
A small needle or special probe is guided to the nerve to be treated and conducts the gentle heat generated by radio waves. The heat flows to the nerve through the probe, thus interrupting pain transmission and abolishing the back pain.