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Radiofrequency Ablation

Advanced Pain Relief

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What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?

Radiofrequency Ablation, or Radiofrequency Neurotomy or Rhizotomy, is an advanced pain management technique that can provide long-lasting relief for chronic pain conditions. This procedure uses radiofrequency energy to produce heat and accurately target specific nerves that transmit pain signals. By heating and ablating these nerves, the transmission of pain signals is disrupted, resulting in significant and long-term pain relief. This technique has proven to be effective for people with chronic pain conditions who have not found relief through other treatments.

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The Role of Diagnostic Injections:

Patients typically undergo diagnostic nerve blocks or injections before Radiofrequency Ablation. These injections are critical in identifying the specific nerves responsible for the pain. The pain specialist administers a local anesthetic to the nerve sites to determine which nerves transmit the pain signals.

How Does the Diagnostic Injection Work?

When a patient undergoes a diagnostic injection, a pain specialist uses a fluoroscope, a specialized X-ray machine, to guide the needle precisely to the targeted nerve. Once the needle is accurately positioned, the pain specialist will inject a local anesthetic into the nerve site. If the pain is significantly reduced or alleviated following the injection, it confirms that the particular nerve is the source of the pain. This diagnostic process ensures the success of the subsequent Radiofrequency Ablation procedure.

The Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure:

If the pain specialist is able to identify the nerves responsible for the pain during the diagnostic injection, the patient may be eligible for Radiofrequency Ablation.

During the RFA procedure, the patient lies on a procedure table and the targeted nerve area is meticulously cleaned. Using a fluoroscope, the pain specialist positions a small electrode needle precisely. Once the needle is in place, a controlled radiofrequency current is applied, generating heat that will ablate the nerve.
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Conditions Treated with
Radiofrequency Ablation:

Radiofrequency Ablation is highly effective in providing relief for various chronic pain conditions, including:

Facet Joint Pain: Pain in the facet joints of the spine, typically caused by arthritis or injury.

Sacroiliac Joint Pain: Pain in the sacroiliac joint, where the spine connects with the pelvis.

Peripheral Nerve Pain: Pain resulting from nerve damage or compression outside the spine.

Neck and Back Pain: Chronic pain in the neck or back, often related to arthritis or degenerative disc disease.

Chronic Headaches: RFA can offer relief for certain types of chronic headaches.

Advantages of Radiofrequency Ablation

Long-Lasting Relief: RFA can provide long-term pain relief, reducing the need for medications and other treatments.

Minimally Invasive: The procedure is minimally invasive, requiring only small incisions and usually performed as an outpatient procedure.

Targeted Relief: RFA precisely targets the problematic nerves, reducing the risk of affecting nearby healthy tissue.

Improved Functionality: By significantly reducing pain, RFA can improve mobility and overall functionality.

Potential Risks of Radiofrequency Ablation:

While Radiofrequency Ablation is generally safe, there are potential risks and side effects. These include soreness, temporary numbness, nerve damage, or infection.

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If you have been dealing with persistent pain that has not responded to traditional treatments, Radiofrequency Ablation and diagnostic injections can offer advanced and effective pain relief for a wide range of chronic pain conditions. It is a promising solution that can help improve your quality of life.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation and explore how Radiofrequency Ablation can help improve your quality of life.

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