What is Radiofrequency Ablation?
A radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure in which a needle is placed near the medial branch nerves in your spine 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 your spine caused by osteoarthritis and other degenerative conditions. RFAs can be performed in your cervical, thoracic or lumbar spine and can provide up to 6 months of relief.
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What Are the Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation is an effective technique for delivering months of pain relief. When performed on the spine at Ospina Medical, it can help alleviate significant neck, mid-back, and lower back discomfort. Benefits of this procedure may include:
- Safe, with typically mild side effects
- Effective pain relief
- A prompt recovery timeline
- The treatment can be repeated
- Reducing the need for oral pain relievers
- Improving movement and activity levels
Who is a candidate for a Radiofrequency Ablation?
Patients who have a history of pain in their neck, mid-back, or lower back may be a candidate for a 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 an RFA. With most insurances, two sets of diagnostic medial branch and/or facet blocks are required before your insurance can approve the RFA. These test blocks are performed to test if your pain is being caused by your medial branch nerves.
How is a Radiofrequency Ablation performed?
An RFA is performed by targeting your medial branch nerves in your neck, mid-back or low back. Using fluoroscopic guidance (X-Ray) your physician will place a needle near your nerve(s). A motor test is performed that causes the muscles near your nerve to twitch. This test is performed to ensure that the physician is not near your motor nerve, or the nerve that controls your muscle movements. After ensuring that the doctor is in a safe position a thermal lesion is created that destroys the sensory nerve. The procedure takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes and has little to no downtime. Patients may experience increased sensitivity in the area following the procedure and can expect to experience improvement around the 4 week mark. Patients who receive relief from an RFA can have the procedure repeated every 6 months, if needed.
If you are experiencing localized pain in your neck, mid-back, or low back contact our midtown Manhattan office today to find out if radiofrequency ablations may be the right treatment for you