Radiofrequency ablation, also known as RFA, is one of the many minimally-invasive pain management treatments offered by Dr. Nikesh Seth at Integrated Pain Consultants. It uses an electrical current from radio waves to heat nerve tissue from an external source, which can help decrease pain signals in that area. Radiofrequency ablation can be effective for a number of chronic pain conditions including arthritis, lower back pain, and neck pain.
The effectiveness of radiofrequency ablation—and how long it lasts—can vary person to person. It depends on the cause of the pain and severity, as well as the location. On average, clients report pain relief lasting anywhere from six months to one year. In some cases, pain relief has lasted for years, but bear in mind that RFA is a safe and minimally-invasive treatment that can be repeated when the effects begin to wear off.
For those considered a good candidate for RFA, over 70 percent report that they experience pain relief after the treatment. The side effects of RFA are minimal, with the most common being swelling and slight bruising at the treated site. RFA is generally considered safe for most pain management clients, with the exception being patients who have a currently open injury at the pain site.
Since RFA has been shown to be effective, fast, and is minimally-invasive, it might be a great alternative for pain patients who want to avoid more invasive procedures. Minimal downtime and the ability to immediately return to work are just two benefits to RFA therapy. For those who want to avoid pain medication or surgeries, trying the rich variety of alternative therapies Dr. Seth offers is a great option.
RFA is a relatively fast outpatient procedure. No general anesthesia is necessary. Local numbing agents are used, and patients have a small needle injected into the pain area. Simultaneously, a special x-ray is used so that the needle can be guided to the exact area. Next, a microelectrode is inserted into the needle to start stimulation. When the electrode placement is confirmed, a radiofrequency current is sent to the site through the electrode, heating up the tissue (which is a pain-free process.).
Are you interested in learning more about RFA and other pain alternative treatments? Contact Integrated Pain Consultants today to schedule your consultation.