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Stryker Venom Radiofrequency Technology


Dedicated to the practice of spine pain management, Dr. Chris Faubel is continuously working to offer the most advanced therapeutic modalities and minimally invasive procedures for the treatment of low back and neck joint pain.


The OrthoIllinois Spine Center is one of the first facilities in the region performing the proven Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) procedures, now with the advanced and innovative  Stryker® Venom™ Technology.


What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?

RFA is a minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of neck and low back pain due to arthritis, providing efficient and precise pain relief. This is a commonly used and highly successful treatment option for those individuals suffering from chronic back pain, neck pain, and pain related to degenerative knee joints.  


Radiofrequency ablation involves applying heat to certain nerve pathways to “shut off” the transmission of pain signals to the brain. It is performed in an outpatient basis and requires only a local anesthetic and occasionally a mild oral sedative.  Live x-ray (fluoroscopy) is used to guide the Venom™ probe to the target site with precision.


Benefits of using the NEW Radiofrequency Ablation Venom™ Technology include:

  • Pain relief lasting up to 2 years

  • Significant and longer lasting pain relief compared to steroid injections

  • Venom™ Technology provides a larger treated area at the target nerve site

  • Reduced or eliminated need for analgesics or pain medication afterward

  • Improved quality of life

  • Short recovery time

To learn more about RFA and Venom™ Technology and other treatment options, contact Ortho Illinois at 815-398-94921 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Faubel in the Spine Center.



           Video link for Venom™ demonstration

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Communities Serviced - 

Dr. Faubel has helped patients with low back and neck pain from nearby Crystal Lake, Lake In The Hills, McHenry, Huntley, Dundee, Gilberts, Carpentersville, Woodstock, Wonder Lake, Barrington, Prairie Grove, Cary, Spring Grove, Genoa City, and Elgin, Illinois.  Patients have come from as far away as Rockford, Illinois, and communities in southern Wisconsin and western Indiana.

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