RF Ablation Therapy for Chronic Pain


Radiofrequency ablation utilizes electricity to warm up a small area of nerve tissue to prevent it from sending pain signals.  This may provide long term relief for those facing chronic pain in the lower back, neck and arthritic joints.

Initially, an intravenous medicine will be administered in order to relax you.  The doctor will then numb a part of your skin with a local anesthetic.  The doctor will insert a narrow needle into the part of your body that is experiencing pain, possibly with the guidance of an x-ray.  A microelectrode will be inserted through the needle.  A slight radiofrequency current through the electrode will be sent to heat your nerve tissue.

Most people have at least some pain relief after radiofrequency ablation, but the extent of the relief depends on the cause of pain and location.  The relief may last from six to 12 months.  For certain patients, the relief lasts years.

The risk of complication due to radiofrequency ablation is low.  Temporary side effects may include weakness or numbness in the your legs and swelling and bruising at the incision site.

Radiofrequency ablation may be the correct procedure for you if you have chronic pain that does not react to other treatments like pain medication and physical therapy.  

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