Radiofrequency Ablation in Columbus Ohio
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What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
A radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure for providing pain management. During the procedure, radio waves are sent through a needle placed near the medial branch nerves in the spine. The heated needles 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 six months of relief. To learn more about this pain management procedure, schedule a consultation at Pain Zero in Central Ohio.
What are the Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation?
The main benefit of radiofrequency ablation is long-term pain relief. RFAs keep the nerves from sending pain signals to your brain, reducing chronic and acute pain in your spine. This procedure at Pain Zero can help patients who have not responded to other treatment options or those looking for an alternative to surgery. Other potential benefits include:
- Fast recovery time
- No discomfort during the procedure
- Minimally invasive technique
- Long-term relief from chronic pain
- Ability to avoid opioid medications or surgery
How Is Radiofrequency Ablation Performed?
Your Pain Zero specialist will use RFA to target the medial branch nerves in your neck, mid-back, or lower back. Our team also uses this procedure to treat:
- Sacroiliac joints
- Bones or bone tumors
With fluoroscopic guidance (x-ray), a member of our team will place a needle near the set of nerves causing pain and then perform a motor test, which causes the muscles near your nerve to twitch to ensure the RFA target is not near your motor nerve or other nerves that control your muscle movements. After a safe position has been determined, a thermal lesion is created to destroy the sensory nerve.
The procedure takes approximately 30 – 45 minutes and has little to no downtime. Patients may experience increased sensitivity in the targeted area following the procedure and can expect to experience improvement around the four-week mark. Patients who receive relief from an RFA can have the procedure repeated every six months if needed.
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Treat Localized Pain
RFA will stop or reduce pain, improve function, reduce how many medications you are taking, and avoid or delay surgery. If you are experiencing localized pain in your neck, mid-back, or lower back, or you need treatment for arteries, nerves, hips/knees, sacroiliac joints, or bones/bone tumors, contact Pain Zero at one of our Central Ohio offices today to find out if radiofrequency ablation may be the right treatment for you.
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Radiofrequency Ablation FAQs
Is radiofrequency ablation painful?
The procedure itself is usually not painful since local anesthesia is administered. However, some patients may experience mild discomfort or a sensation of heat during the application of radiofrequency energy. After the procedure, there might be some soreness or discomfort at the treatment site, but this is typically temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
How effective is radiofrequency ablation?
The effectiveness of RFA depends on the condition being treated. In general, RFA has shown good results in alleviating chronic pain and treating certain tumors. Success rates can vary depending on the specific case, location of the treatment, and the size and type of the target tissue.
What is the recovery process after radiofrequency ablation?
Recovery time after RFA is typically short. Most patients can resume normal activities within a day or two. It's common to experience some post-procedure discomfort, which can be managed with pain medications as directed by your healthcare provider. Follow-up appointments may be scheduled to monitor the treatment site and evaluate the overall outcome.