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What is Radio Frequency Ablation?

February 28, 2022

Radio frequency Ablation (RFA) is a pain control technique which uses heat generated by radio frequency waves to target specific nerves and interrupt their ability to send or block nerve pain signals for up to a year. It can provide lasting relief for people with chronic pain, especially in the lower back, neck and arthritic joints.

What can I expect from a Radio frequency Ablation?

Needles are guided into the proper place next to the nerve. The radio frequency current creates heat and is directed to the nerve. This destroys the nerve tissue that is sending the pain signals to the brain.

Pain Relief after Radio frequency Ablation

How much pain is relieved after the procedure varies from person to person. The relief may last six months to a year. For some patients, the pain relief lasts years.

Why is Radio frequency Ablation a great option before surgery?

When a RFA is successful the nerve causing the pain was correctly identified. This in turn, greatly increases your chances of long term pain relief as the doctor now has clearly identified the root cause of your pain and can more accurately choose the correct method of future treatments.

Interested in finding out if a RFA is right for you? Contact our office to speak with our specialist.

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