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Radio Frequency Ablation 2017-04-05T20:19:54+00:00

Radio frequency ablation.

 

What is Radio Frequency Ablation?

 

During a radio frequency ablation procedure, the physician inserts a small needle into the general area where the pain is present. A fluoroscope (X-ray) helps the physician guide the needle to the target area. A microelectrode is then inserted through the needle to stimulate the nerve, and a small radiofrequency current heats the tissue to relieve the pain.

How long does pain relief from RFA last?

 

The degree of pain relief varies but in most cases we see relief lasting from 6 to 12 months. In some cases, pain relief can last for years.

Used To Treat These Conditions

Degenerative Disc Disease

Degenerative Disc Disease

A spinal disc that is damaged through the normal process of aging, causing back pain and other problems.

Thinning Disc

Thinning Disc

As we age, the soft cushion-like discs between vertebrae begin to deteriorate.  The outer wall becomes brittle and weak.

Spondylolisthesis

Spondylolisthesis

When a bone in the spine slips forward and out of place, it’s know as spondylolisthesis.

How will I feel after surgery?

The majority of patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms while other symptoms may improve more gradually. A positive attitude and following your doctor’s post-surgery instructions will contribute to a satisfactory outcome.

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