Occipital Nerve RFA in Manhattan, NY

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What is an Occipital Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation?

An occipital nerve radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure in which a needle is placed near the occipital nerves at the base of your skull and the needles are heated to destroy the sensory nerves that are responsible for sending pain signals into your brain. Radiofrequency ablations are a common procedure that can help to treat localized pain in the head and neck and can provide up to 6 months of relief..

Who is a Candidate for an Occipital Nerve RFA?

Patients who have a history of head and neck pain that is not controlled with conservative treatments may be a candidate for an occipital nerve radiofrequency ablation. During your first consultation, your physician will review your medical history and perform a physical exam to determine if you may benefit from this procedure. Often your physician will perform an occipital nerve block as a diagnostic test to determine if your pain is coming from your occipital nerves.

How is an Occipital Nerve RFA performed?

An occipital nerve RFA is performed by targeting your occipital nerves at the base of your skull using ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance (X-Ray). After confirming the placement of the needles your physician uses a pulsed RFA setting. A pulsed RFA differs from a traditional RFA, because instead of using thermal heat to destroy the nerve, small electrical pulses are used to “stun” the nerve and therefore stop pain signals from reaching your brain. The procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes and has little to no downtime. Patients typically notice improvement by the 4th week following their procedure and can expect up to 6 months of relief.

If you are experiencing head and/or neck pain contact our midtown Manhattan office today to find out if occipital radiofrequency ablations may be a treatment option for you!

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