Radiofrequency Denervation

Radiofrequency Denervation is a procedure that interrupts a nerve fiber's ability to carry pain messages to the brain.

What to expect after this procedure:

  • Some soreness at the injection site for 2-3 days.
  • Some additional pain/discomfort for up to 4-6 weeks as the nerves "fizzle out" and slowly heal.
  • Pain relief to the affected area after 4-6 weeks.

Comfort measures:

  • Use warm, moist heat or ice packs for soreness at the injection sites.
  • Take over-the-counter medications for soreness.
  • Use medication prescribed by your physician.


  • You may resume previous level of activity tomorrow as tolerated.
  • If you received oral sedation for your procedure, do not drive today.


  • You may resume your normal diet.

Notify your physician if you experience:

  • Sign of infection such as fever above 100 degrees, chills, redness, swelling or drainage at the site of the injection.
  • Any new burning pain to the injection site area.

Additional Instruction

Please feel free to contact your physician by calling us Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. or Friday 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at (563) 421-3555 if you have any questions regarding your care. Please leave a phone mail message after hours or on weekends.

Important Note: We are available for medication refill phone calls only during normal business hours Monday - Friday. Should you require emergency care, call your referring physician or come to the Genesis Emergency Room.

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