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Cervical Facet Radiofrequency Neurotomy - Neck

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Cervical facet radiofrequency neurotomy (facet rhizotomy) is used to treat nerve pain in the neck and/or shoulder.  This technique is useful for those patients who experience short term relief following local anesthetic blocks of the nerves supplying the cervical facet joints.  The procedure “turns off” the specific nerve that carries information about pain.  The treatment can provide pain relief for about a year, but can last much longer for some people.

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