Is Radiofrequency Ablation a Safe Procedure?
If you suffer from chronic neck and lower back pain and simply cannot find relief, you may be a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation. This minimally invasive procedure is generally considered safe and low-risk. Impact Medical Group of Brandon shares more about radiofrequency ablation below.
Radiofrequency ablation, also known as rhizotomy, is a non-surgical procedure. In this process, waves of radiofrequency use ablation, or burning, to reduce or stop the transmission of pain within the nerves. This essentially eliminates nerve fibers that carry pain signals to the brain. Commonly used to treat chronic pain like arthritis in the spine, it may also be used to treat neck, back, knee, or pelvic pain. The benefits of radiofrequency ablation include little to no recovery time, immediate pain relief, and a decreased need for pain medication.
What can you expect from this procedure? Before performing the radiofrequency ablation, a doctor will review your medical history and imaging to plan for the best ablation locations. At this time, it’s best to discuss any medications you are taking and any questions you may have. The procedure takes place in an outpatient procedure room so patients can plan to recover at home that day. During the process, patients remain awake in order to provide feedback to the doctor. Typically, some initial pressure and discomfort may be felt as treatment begins but will dissipate.
An ideal candidate for radiofrequency ablation is someone who has experienced successful pain relief after receiving a diagnostic nerve or pain receptor block injection. Because this treatment uses x-ray guidance, it is not suited for people who have infections, are pregnant, or have bleeding problems.
Would you like to learn more about radiofrequency ablation and how it can positively impact your health? Call the Impact Medical Group of Brandon team today at (813) 522-8885 or visit us online to schedule an appointment.