Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a treatment used to relieve pain symptoms by electrodes. A lesion is created by electrical current focused on the nervous tissue to block the relay of pain signals from the area experiencing symptoms.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) used for?
RFA is used in patients presenting arthritic complications from joint degeneration and chronic low-back and neck pain.
Is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) safe?
There are few complications, and it is considered a safe and effective low-risk procedure. The site can bruise and swell slightly at the time of the procedure, but that subsides over time (usually 1 to 3 days).
Who is the best candidate for Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Patients with active infections or any bleeding disorders or problems are not a good candidate for Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA). Those with spinal arthritis and suffering from neck or back pain as a result can benefit greatly from the procedure. There are new indications including SI joint arthritis, occipital neuralgia and more.
How is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) performed?
During the procedure, the patient is sedated by intravenous (IV) with a local anesthetic and a sedative prescribed by your doctor. A needle will be guided into position, and then the doctor will awaken the patient to help locate and identify the areas experiencing pain by electrical stimulation (microelectrode).
The patient will be questioned as to a tingling sensation being present. Once the placement is confirmed as the area for treatment, a small current is sent by radiofrequency through the electrode to cauterize the tissue by heating it creating a lesion. The patients should not feel any discomfort or pain during the procedure of “lesioning.”
What are the Outcomes from RFA?
The results with RFA procedures are excellent. Studies have shown an average of 12 to 18 months pain relief for both neck and back pain, and 6 months for SI joint pain. It has been one of the most revolutionary procedures of the 21st Century for pain relief.
How long before I can resume normal activities?
A normal diet should be resumed, but activities such as driving a car, strenuous activity, or operating machinery will have to wait 24-to-48 hours after the procedure. To avoid contamination of the surgery site, patients should wait two days to take a bath, but a shower is perfectly acceptable. Soreness of the insertion site may be alleviated with ice and moist heat. Usual medications can be resumed.
Why is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) an advantage over low frequency pulses?
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) has a superior advantage over previous electrical pulse therapies as it does not stimulate the heart in any way or the surrounding heart muscle. RFA does not use general anesthesia, and the needle guided by X-Ray, CT scan, or MRI.
Pain management doctors in Las Vegas and surrounding areas offer RFA to those suffering from chronic pain in the back or neck. Las Vegas Pain Clinics are able to offer significant and long lasting relief with the treatment, along with many other options.
For those suffering from chronic back or neck pain, call the Nevada Pain Network at (702) 323-0553 to be connected with Pain Management Las Vegas trusts.