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Radiofrequency Lesioning

Radiofrequency Lesioning

70 of every 100 patients undergoing the procedure for facet joint pain get significant pain relief lasting 3 months or more. By 12 months pain would have returned in some such that perhaps between 40 and 50 will still continue to be getting pain relief. [1]

The average duration of pain relief is just under a year although pain relief can last up to 48 months before returning (and in about 10 in every 100 cases the effects seem to be permanent). If the procedure needs to be repeated then in the vast majority it will be successful again (with 90 out of every 100 undergoing repeat procedures finding it beneficial). [2-4]


[1]Chakraverty, R et al. Audit of conservative management of chronic low back pain in a secondary care setting – Part I : facet joint and sacro iliac joint interventions. Acupuncture in Medicine. 2004;22(4):207-13

[2]Royal, M et al. Radiofrequency neurolysis for facet arthropathy: A restrospective case series and review of the literature. Pain Practice. 2002; 2(1):47-52

[3]Schofferman, J et al. Effectiveness of repeated radiofrequency neurotomy for lumbar facet pain. Spine. 2004; 29(21):2471-3

[4]Gofeld, M et al. Radiofrequency denervation of the lumbo zygapophyseal joints: 10 year perspective clinical audit. Pain Physician. 2007;10(2):291-300