What is radiofrequency denervation or facet denervation?
Radiofrequency denervation, also known as facet denervation, is a specialised form of treatment to cause heat damage to the two nerves that supply the facet joints, small pairs of joints which link your vertebrae together.
These nerves transmit pain sensations from the joints but have very little other function. By damaging them, the nerves stop sending pain signals to your brain.
Radiofrequency denervation is also known as facet rhizolysis, radiofrequency ablation or radiofrequency neurotomy.