Radio frequency ablation is a procedure designed to provide extended pain relief to patients who suffer from confirmed facet syndrome.  The procedure utilizes specialized catheters to be place on the medial branch nerve using x-ray guidance. The catheter is supplied with radiofrequency current to generate heat for deadening/burning the target nerve.  The injection is done under sterile conditions and has a target of up to 6 months pain relief for the patient. This procedure is usually reserved for those with positive pain relief from a medial branch block.