Radiofrequency Ablation Procedures

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure in which the messages which the nerves around damaged soft tissue send are disrupted by heat from medium frequency electrical currents placed directly in the affected area.

What occurs during a radiofrequency ablation procedure?

The first portion of the process is anesthesia. Your doctor will use a local anesthetic to numb the inflamed or pained area. Your physician will then inject a radiofrequency needle into the affected tissue area. Once placed, the needle sends medium frequency electrical currents (approximately 350-500 kHz) pulsing through the soft tissue. The currents will impact the nerves near the affected tissue and disrupt the pain frequency messages they are relaying.

The nerve interruption has the potential to provide long-lasting relief of pain in the affected area.

What conditions might radiofrequency ablation help?

Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that attempts to relieve the chronic pain affiliated with facet joint arthritis. Additionally, radiofrequency ablation procedures might be recommended to assist patients dealing with high-neck or ongoing whiplash pain or headaches in the back of the head (occipital headaches).

Is radiofrequency ablation right for me?

To learn more about radiofrequency ablation and its benefits, contact us today.