Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat chronic pain caused by various conditions such as arthritis, chronic back pain, neck pain, and others. RFA uses radio waves to generate heat and destroy the nerve tissue responsible for transmitting pain signals to the brain.
The procedure is performed using a thin, needle-like electrode that is inserted into the skin and guided to the targeted nerve using fluoroscopic image guidance. The electrode delivers radiofrequency energy, which heats up the nerve tissue, causing it to die. The heat destroys the nerve fibers responsible for transmitting pain signals to the brain.
RFA is typically performed on an outpatient basis and takes roughly 60 minutes to complete. The patient is given local anesthesia and sedation to ensure comfort during the procedure. After the procedure, the patient may experience some mild discomfort and swelling, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication.
The benefits of RFA include:
- Minimally invasive, with a low risk of complication
- Long-lasting pain relief, with many patients experiencing a significant reduction in pain for up to a year or more
- Faster recovery compared to traditional surgical procedures
It is important to note that RFA is not appropriate for everyone and that your doctor will perform a thorough evaluation of your medical history and current condition to determine if RFA is right for you.
In conclusion, Radiofrequency ablation is a safe and effective treatment option for patients with chronic pain. If you are suffering from chronic pain and are interested in learning more about RFA, talk to your doctor to see if this procedure may be right for you.
If you have any questions about radiofrequency ablation for chronic pain conditions, contact Faust Interventional Pain by calling (504) 350-8700. We can help you understand what to expect after radiofrequency ablation and make an informed decision based on your condition.