At Integrated Pain Consultants, Dr. Nikesh Seth and his team know that sometimes the simplest solutions are the best. Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a method of reducing pain by creating an electrical current with a radio wave to heat a nerve tissue. This naturally reduces pain signals sent to that area with no drugs or invasive procedures involved. It might sound like a simple miracle and leave you wondering why nobody had thought of it before, but RFA has actually been around since 1931.
A German surgeon, Martin Kirschner, first utilized RFA almost 90 years ago when he was experimenting with treating trigeminal neuralgia. It was almost 30 years later before the first RFA machine came on the market from Cosman and Aronow. Dr. Kirschner is actually more widely known for creating the Kirschner Wire, now common in orthopedics and in both medical and veterinary surgery. They hold bones together and create a strong anchor for the skeleton.
RFA isn’t a permanent solution to pain. It also doesn’t treat the cause, but rather the debilitating side effect of an issue—the pain. That makes it a fantastic option for many people suffering from chronic pain caused by problems that can’t be treated, take a long time to treat, or whose only option is surgery and they are trying to avoid such an invasive and risky procedure. Still, that doesn’t mean that RFA is a just a short-term pain reliever.
Most patients enjoy pain relief from RFA anywhere from 6 to 12 months. However, some go years after treatment without needing a booster session. When the RFA pain relief begins to wane, it’s very likely that you’ll be a good candidate for another session. RFA isn’t for everyone and every condition. But it’s safe, very effective, and can be a fantastic addition to your pain management regimen. In fact, some people have been able to completely wean themselves off painkillers with RFA. To learn more about this proven pain reliever, connect with Integrated Pain Consultants today to book your consultation – (480) 626-2552.