What is a Radio Frequency Neurotomy?

Radiofrequency neurotomy

Radiofrequency neurotomy (also known as radiofrequency ablation) uses heat to target specific nerves and temporarily stop their ability to send pain messages. The heat is generated by radio waves from needles carefully inserted near the targeted nerve.

This results in a significant reduction or complete resolution of the pain, which lasts about a year until the nerves regenerate. For comfort, we sedate the patient while we perform radiofrequency neurotomy. We use mobile image intensifier x-ray guidance to ensure the correct position of the needles under sterile conditions.

This technique may be used to treat pain in the back, neck, buttocks, hips or knees.

Learn more in our video with Dr Brendan Moore

Dr Brendan Moore
Dr Brendan Moore

Specialist Pain Medicine Physician
Specialist Anaesthetist

Location: Brisbane Private Hospital