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Radiofrequency Facet Joint Denervation

Facet joint radiofrequency denervation is a procedure in which nerve fibres supplying the painful facet joints are selectively destroyed by heat produced by radio waves and delivered through a needle.

By Andrew Hatfield
Updated: 12th June 2023

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Considering Radiofrequency Facet Joint Denervation?

Dr Manohar Sharma offers private Lumbar, Cervical and Caudal Epidural Injections here at Fairfield Independent Hospital.

Our Pain Management Clinic is delivered by Dr Manohar Sharma our Consultant Pain Medicine and Neuromodulation specialist, who is also the Clinical Director for Pain Medicine at the Walton Centre, Liverpool.

Dr Sharma offers a wide range of pain management injections including Facet Joint, Dorsal Root Ganglion Block and Epidural injections.

How does Radiofrequency Facet Joint Denervation work?

Radiofrequency Facet Joint Denervation is performed after an injection of local anaesthetic close to the affected joints to help reduce feeling and pain, each of the bones in your spine has a set of Facet Joints, which stabilise your back and help your spine to move. The denervation treatment involves placing a radiofrequency probe near the nerve joint, a radio frequency current is then passed down the probe, a very small area of heat is created that causes a break in the nerve. This treatment does not affect another part of the body

The procedure will be on a very sensitive area so you may experience some pain, you will be given local anaesthetic to minimise pain.

How long does a Radiofrequency Facet Joint Denervation procedure take?

This procedure normally lasts around 1 hour and carried out as a day case.

You can book a consultation with Dr Manohar Sharma by contacting us directly on 01744 746 425 or

Before considering Radiofrequency Facet Joint Denervation, it is important to be aware that all surgical procedures carry a certain amount of risk and it is important that you understand the risks involved with a Radiofrequency Facet Joint Denervation.

During your initial consultation, you will be able to explain your medical history and discuss the potential risks of a Radiofrequency Facet Joint Denervation with the Consultant before making a decision.

Key facts about the procedure