RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATION
RADIO FREQUENCY ABLATIONS
Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA) is a new non-surgical technique that helps to control pain.
In this procedure, radio waves are used to produce heat to the pain-causing nerve tissues that interrupt the pain-causing signals from going to the brain. Radiofrequency ablation provides long-lasting relief to the patients having pain in the neck, chronic pain, and arthritic joints.
Radio frequency ablation is used when the patient cannot undergo surgery. This is a safe and drug-free procedure; over 70% of the patients felt relief after the treatment. Apart from treating the pain caused by arthritis, radio frequency ablation is proven effective in destroying the cancerous cells without affecting the normal healthy cells.
The procedure will last from 30 to 45 minutes. A small dosage of sedative will be given to the patient to relax him. With the help of an anesthetic, the doctor will numb the affected area and insert a thin radio frequency needle along the sides of pain-causing nerves. Radio frequency current is passed through the needle to the pain-causing tissues hence disrupting the pain-causing signals. At this time, the patient may feel a little pain or little warm sensation in the affected area. The patients can walk and can go home in a few hours after the procedure is done.
After the Procedure
The patient might feel some mild burning, soreness and swelling around the treated areas. You can use ice packs around the swollen areas to provide relief for the discomfort. After treatment, the patient can typically resume their normal medication dosage and daily routine activities after one or two days. While the treatment provides instant relief for some patients, for others, it can take up to 10 days for them to feel the full effects of the procedure.
Watch this short video below to learn more about the procedure.