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Radiofrequency Ablations

If you need a Radiofrequency Ablations, please Schedule an appointment with one of our orthopedic specialists as soon as possible.

What Is Radiofrequency Ablations?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a medical procedure used to treat certain medical conditions by applying heat generated by radiofrequency energy to specific nerves or tissues. The heat produced by the radiofrequency waves creates a lesion, which can help alleviate pain or disrupt abnormal electrical pathways.

Here are some key points about radiofrequency ablation:

  1. Procedure: RFA is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia or light sedation. The doctor uses fluoroscopy or ultrasound guidance to precisely place a thin needle or electrode near the target area. Once in position, radiofrequency energy is delivered through the needle or electrode to heat the tissue.
  2. Pain Management: RFA is commonly used to relieve chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis-related joint pain, nerve pain, or certain types of back pain. It is often recommended when conservative treatments, such as medication, physical therapy, or injections, have not provided sufficient relief.
  3. Mechanism of Action: The heat generated by RFA causes controlled damage to the nerves or tissues responsible for transmitting pain signals. This disruption can reduce or eliminate pain sensations in the targeted area.
  4. Duration of Pain Relief: The duration of pain relief after RFA varies depending on the individual and the specific condition being treated. Some individuals experience long-lasting relief, while others may require periodic repeat procedures to maintain pain control.
  5. Recovery and Side Effects: RFA is generally considered a safe procedure with minimal recovery time. Some individuals may experience temporary discomfort or soreness at the treatment site, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications. Serious complications are rare but may include infection, bleeding, or nerve damage.
  6. Precautions and Considerations: RFA is not suitable for everyone, and its use depends on various factors, including the underlying condition, overall health, and individual circumstances. It is important to have a thorough evaluation by a healthcare professional specializing in pain management to determine if RFA is an appropriate treatment option.
  7. Other Applications: In addition to pain management, RFA can be used for other purposes, such as treating certain cardiac arrhythmias, liver tumors, or kidney tumors. The specific application and technique may vary depending on the medical condition being addressed.

As with any medical procedure, it is essential to consult with a qualified healthcare professional who can evaluate your specific condition, discuss the potential benefits and risks of RFA, and provide personalized recommendations based on your individual needs and circumstances.


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