If you’re looking for a drug-free alternative for pain management, Dr. Nikesh Seth is a radiofrequency ablation expert, and this approach might be for you. The process is simple: an electrical current from a radio wave heats up your nerve tissue to decrease or stop pain signals to that area. RFA is particularly helpful in situations where the pain signals are “false,” and a patient is experiencing pain when they shouldn’t. The brain’s pain signals aren’t always perfect. However, RFA can be useful in a variety of pain situations.
RFA is a fast and easy outpatient procedure. Sometimes local anesthetics are recommended since the heat can be a bit uncomfortable, but not painful. RFA does not stimulate the nerves directly, which is why it can be used without general anesthetic. Instead, it’s relying on the targeted tissue with no “collateral damage.”
Radiofrequency ablation has been popular since the late 20th century. A special guidance system like an ultrasound or X-ray is used to target the key area perfectly. This procedure has been used to treat a wide range of pain, including those from tumors. When a tumor is confirmed, the radiofrequency waves have even been effective in destroying them. Whether or not RFA is a good choice for a specific tumor depends on many factors.
The procedure has been helpful in destroying abnormal electrical pathways in the heart system, to treat skin lesions, and even remove varicose veins. It has a wide range of possibilities, but for pain sufferers, RFA is highly effective in stopping the pain signals from being realized. This does not mean the cause of the pain is gone. Pinpointing the cause is vital when considering any pain management therapy. Ignoring a cause that requires attention is very dangerous.
A reputable pain management doctor will work with you to determine the cause of the pain and consider solutions. Is radiofrequency ablation right for you? Call Integrated Pain Consultants at 480-626-2552 to schedule a consultation and find out.