Radiofrequency Ablation

Summary of Procedure: Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation (also known as RFA or Radiofrequency Neurotomy) utilizes an electrical current from radio waves to heat up nerve tissue, thereby decreasing a patient’s pain, since the nerve tissue is no longer transmitting pain signals. This commonly used pain management procedure is very safe and effective and is typically completed in 15-20 minutes.

During the treatment, your Carolina Spine & Pain Centers physician inserts an IV into a vein in the arm to provide local anesthetic. Twilight sedation is an option for those patients who so choose. If you do receive a sedative, however, you will be required to have a ride home. If not, patients are typically permitted to drive themselves home after their procedure.

After the local anesthesia is administered, your doctor guides a very thin needle into the affected area. The needle is then fluoroscopically guided to the specific problematic area. A small microelectrode is injected and the RFA process begins.

While your treatment is occurring, your doctor will ask you some questions regarding the sensations you are experiencing to establish if the electrode is in the correct area. As soon as proper placement is confirmed, the electrode heats up, burning the nerves and their coordinating tissues. This process is repeated until all of the problematic nerves have been ablated.

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What to Expect Post-Procedure of a Radiofrequency Ablation

Side effects to Radiofrequency Ablation procedures are very infrequent and typically stem from the anesthetic. Patients may use heat or ice to alleviate any temporary procedure-related pain they may experience.

To find out if you are a good candidate for this procedure or for more information, call your local Carolina Spine & Pain Centers office today by calling 864-535-0144 and by filling out a contact form here.

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