Radiofrequency Ablation for Pain Management

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency Ablation, also known as RFA involves radio waves creating a current that heats a small section of nerve tissue that is sending pain signals to your brain. This heat destroys that area of the nerve, inhibiting the pain signals from being sent to your brain.

Who Benefits From RFA?

RFA is a great treatment option for patients with benign and malignant tumors, chronic venous insufficiency in the legs, as well as chronic back and neck pain. Additionally, RFA is an ideal treatment option for individuals who experienced relief of pain after a temporary diagnostic nerve receptor block.

How long does radiofrequency ablation take to work?

The relief provided by RFA can be long-lasting, typically for up to 6-12 months at a time. The procedure can safely be repeated if the painful nerves re-grow and pain returns.

What to Expect after Radiofrequency Ablation

After the procedure, some patients may worry that radiofrequency ablation was not effective. We encourage patients to wait at least three weeks. If you still feel the procedure was unsuccessful, Dr. Farnad will discuss the next step in successfully relieving your pain.

In some cases, Dr. Farnad may need to repeat the procedure in order to successfully block the nerve. Some people may experience partial pain relief with some lingering symptoms. If this happens, Dr. Farnad works closely with you to manage any lingering pain.