Radiofrequency Neuroablation (RFA) is an electrical current produced by radio waves that are utilized to stimulate/warm a small area of nerve tissue, decreasing the pain signals from that area to the brain. The RFA procedure is used to help patients with chronic neck pain, lower back pain and pain related to the degeneration of joints from arthritis.
What Happens During The Radiofrequency Neuroablation Procedure?
Before starting this treatment, a local anesthetic is used to numb your skin. In order to ensure its effectiveness, Pain Stop Clinic – North Phoenix uses x-ray or fluoroscopy technology to guide all injections. After the area has been numbed, the doctor inserts a small needle into the area where you are experiencing pain and then stimulates the area with a microelectrode (which is inserted through the needle) – this process helps the doctor determine if the electrode is in the correct placement for the treatment. Once it’s confirmed that the needle and electrode are in the correct place, a small radiofrequency current is sent to the tissue, causing it to heat up. The heating portion should not be painful.
How Long Will Pain Relief From This Treatment Last?
The length of pain relief depends on the location and cause of the pain. Radiofrequency Neuroablation can provide pain relief for up to 6 to 12 months, and in some cases, relief can last for years.
Is Radiofrequency Neuroablation Safe?
Yes. This procedure has proven to be safe and effective to treat certain forms of pain.
What Are The Side Effects of This Procedure?
The main side effects associated with Radiofrequency Neuroablation includes swelling and bruising, which generally goes away after a few days.
Contact us to find out if Radiofrequency Neuroablation is a good treatment for your condition.