Medial Branc Nerve Blocks
If a patient experiences more than 80% relief of their ongoing pain, then it is considered a successful outcome to consider proceeding with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the nerves to lengthen the relief of pain.
Please note: Most commercial insurance companies and Medicare require successful outcomes with 2 sets of diagnostic medial branch nerve blocks to rule out false positive or placebo effect from the first block. In most circumstances, they must be scheduled 2 weeks apart as per payor requirements and protocols.
Please ask Dr. Bhatia any additional questions you may have.