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What Is a Radiofrequency Annuloplasty?

Last updated 6 years ago

Chronic lower back pain affects many American men and women and can significantly reduce mobility and quality of life. In many cases, pain in the lower back is caused by the inflammation of the intervertebral discs that are located between the bones of the spine. A healthy disc functions as a shock absorber for the spine—when injured or degenerated, these discs can become quite painful and lead to chronic problems.

To help alleviate the pain of disc degeneration and other disc diseases, medical scientists have developed and introduced an advanced, minimally invasive procedure called radiofrequency annuloplasty.  Unlike traditional open surgical procedures that require large incisions and a long recovery period, this less invasive method of surgery requires only the tiniest of incisions and can still deliver excellent results. Minimally invasive procedures often carry a much lower risk for infection and post-surgical complications.

Radiofrequency annuloplasty works to reduce the pain of disc disease by delivering steady amounts of radiothermal energy to the affected disc. Through the application of this specialized energy, the contents of the disc are strengthened and the pain receptors neutralized. Most patients experience excellent results and can return to their activities shortly after the procedure is performed. Radiofrequency annuloplasty is typically performed as an outpatient procedure using a mild or local anesthetic. In most cases, surgery is performed under the guidance of X-ray imaging to properly visualize the affected disc.

SpineOne is a medical center located in Denver, Colorado that is dedicated solely to the treatment of back pain and spinal disorders. For more information on the radiofrequency annuloplasty procedure and how it may benefit you, schedule a consultation with one of our spine care specialists today by calling (303) 367-2225. In addition to this advanced procedure, our team offers a variety of treatments that can be personalized to fit your unique needs.


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