How you prepareBy Mayo Clinic staff
To determine if you're a good candidate for radiofrequency neurotomy, your doctor may perform a test to see if the nerves commonly targeted by the procedure are the same nerves responsible for your pain.
This diagnostic test involves injecting a small amount of numbing medication into the precise spots where the radiofrequency needles will go. If your pain significantly lessens, radiofrequency treatment at those spots may help you.
Prior to the actual radiofrequency neurotomy procedure, you should:
- Tell your doctor if you're taking blood thinners
- Arrange for someone to drive you home
- Follow any eating or drinking restrictions outlined by your doctor
- Take your regular medicines as directed by your surgeon
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