Radiofrequency Ablation Surgery
Radiofrequency ablation - RFA may be used to treat chronic pain disorders, particularly those involving the neck, lower back, or arthritic joints, after other treatments have failed. It is frequently used to treat chronic pain problems like arthritis, back pain, and neck pain, as well as some types of tumours. It is usually carried out by an interventional pain expert or radiologist. When nerve blocks are successful, radiofrequency ablation is 70–80% effective in treating the condition.
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About Radiofrequency Ablation
Radio waves are used to generate a current that warms a tiny region of nerve tissue during radiofrequency ablation (also known as radiofrequency neurotomy). Radio waves are used in the least invasive procedure to heat the cells and achieve the desired effects. RFA is shown to successfully treat chronic pain and is also utilized when other forms of therapy don't work. It is used to treat a variety of ailments, including benign and cancerous tumors, chronic leg venous insufficiency, and persistent back and neck discomfort.
Procedure of Radiofrequency Ablation
- Before the nerve ablation procedure, one performs a test that uses a nerve block. This test numbs specific nerves to help your doctor find the nerves that are causing your pain.
- The procedure is similar to a needle biopsy, and involves inserting a needle-like probe into the body
- Most patients feel normal after 24 hours after RFA. Some people may experience very little bruising or discomfort, which is well-managed by over-the-counter painkillers.
- RFA is generally considered safe and effective, with minimal risks and complications.