Vertebrobasilar Nerve Ablation

Individuals with low back pain and vertebrogenic pain, due to the endplates of spinal vertebrae, may respond well to vertebrobasilar nerve ablations. The vertebrobasilar nerve is located within the bone and allows for sensation along the endplates. When the bone is injured, more nerve endings generate within the damaged region, causing chronic lower back pain.

To treat this condition, patients can undergo vertebrobasilar nerve ablation. This treatment is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that is very similar to thermal RFA, except that the targeted nerve is located within the bone of the vertebral body. During this procedure, needles are inserted into the affected area under fluoroscopic guidance.

Once in place, radiofrequency currents are sent through the needles, thereby disrupting the affected nerve’s ability to send pain signals to the brain.