ICAC | Especialistas en radiofrecuencia e infiltraciones

What is the spinal radiofrequency?

Radiofrequency or spinal infiltration is a simple treatment that is applied using a system of special needles. There are two types of radiofrequency:

  • Conventional radiofrequency, which produces heat injuries in tissues, and can reach temperatures of up to 80 degrees Celsius.
  • The pulsed radiofrequency that we apply in our equipment is a much more controlled type of technique that does not cause tissue damage. What it produces is an alternating current in the form of pulses that is constantly deactivated to avoid overheating of the tissues.
The objective of radiofrequency is to eliminate spinal pain caused by wear and tear of the facet joints. This results in partial injuries or complete cutting of the sensory branches that innervate the posterior joints of the spine (facet joints), eliminating pain. of the spine caused by their wear (osteoarthritis).
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The radiofrequency technique is mainly applied in cases of lumbar posterior facet arthrosis (infiltration in lumbar facets) and cervical, as well as in lumbar and cervical pain.. Additionally, radio frequency is used in other conditions, such as:

  • Radiofrequencies of sacral roots.
  • Intradiscal radiofrequency.
  • Radiofrequency of the obturator nerve in coxarthrosis.

The duration of surgical procedures performed with radiofrequency depends mainly on the number of levels of the spine to be treated, as well as whether it is performed on one or two sides of the spine. In general, ranges between 30 and 60 minutes maximum.

Before performing a radiofrequency intervention on the spine, a detailed examination and an accurate medical history are required, as well as the performance of specific tests, such as:

  • Right and left oblique radiographs of the lumbar spine.
  • Magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine.
  • AP and Lateral radiography of the lumbar spine.

These tests are essential to adequately prepare and evaluate the radiofrequency intervention in the spine.

After the patient is discharged, a detailed medical report is prepared that describes both the technique and the treatment to be followed at home.

Regarding post-operative medication, it is usually prescribed based on the severity of the pre-surgical symptoms, and the individual characteristics of the patient. Generally, low doses of anti-inflammatory and pain relievers are prescribed. Muscle relaxants are only used in cases of severe muscle contractures.

Since there is no surgical wound, no additional dressings or care are required.

Radiofrequency recovery is usually immediate, given that this technique is minimally invasive and without wounds or tissue damage. Radiofrequency in the spine is carried out under local anesthesia once the area where the nerve branch that innervates the pathological joint is located has been identified.

The patient can resume his daily activities from the first moment, as long as you do not make great efforts in the first two weeks. Likewise, taking anti-inflammatories is recommended for 7-10 days to control inflammation.

Furthermore, the patient is advised to follow appropriate rehabilitation treatment, supervised by the trauma service, to promote recovery.

The improvement in all scales of pain and well-being is evidence demonstrated with this technique, sometimes relieving the pain until it disappears. In a very small percentage of patients, the procedure needs to be repeated again after 6 months to achieve optimal results. Our team of spine traumatologists in Madrid is a pioneer in performing spine infiltrations and radiofrequencies.

After undergoing a radiofrequency spinal procedure, it is normal to experience certain common symptoms, which may include:

  • Localized burning or heat sensationo: Some patients may feel a slight burning or warm sensation in the treated area, this is usually temporary and gradually decreases.
  • Mild swelling or tenderness: You may experience slight swelling or tenderness in the treatment area. This tends to decrease in the days following the procedure.
  • Residual discomfort or pain: In some cases, a feeling of discomfort or mild pain may persist in the treated area for a short period and usually improves gradually as recovery progresses.

Although radiofrequency on the spine is an extremely safe procedure, like any medical procedure, carries certain risks and possible complications, such as:

  • Infection: There is a low risk of infection at the intervention site. Once the intervention has been carried out, certain precautions are taken to prevent it.
  • Adverse reactions to anesthesia: Although they are rare, some patients may have adverse reactions to anesthesia.
  • Nerve or vascular damage: In extremely rare cases, damage may occur to the nerves or blood vessels near the treated area.

It is crucial to discuss these risks and any concerns with the medical professional before the procedure. At ICAC, we guarantee that you will receive a specialized approach with the peace of mind of being in the hands of experts.

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The ICAC, now at Teknon in Barcelona

This month of June, We have begun our collaboration with the prestigious Barcelona clinic TMEH to offer spine services at the famous Teknon Medical Center, one of the leading healthcare hospitals in Europe. Thanks to this alliance, we provide a comprehensive and specialized approach with the best solutions for those suffering from back problems.

The ICAC human team, known for being at the vanguard of innovation in traumatology, now brings his talent and advanced ultra-minimally invasive surgery techniques to Barcelona.

This collaboration with TMEH at Teknon Medical Center not only allows us to treat more patients more effectively, but also reinforces our commitment to innovation and excellence in healthcare.

We are excited to be able to offer these services in one of the most important cities in Europe and continue leading the field of traumatology and, in this specific case, in the treatment of the spine.