What Is Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a treatment that uses radiofrequency energy to reduce pain. Florida Medical Pain Management pain management experts in St. Petersburg and New Port Richey use radiofrequency ablation (RFA) to provide long-lasting pain relief. Call the office to learn more or use the online booking tool.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation?
RFA uses radio waves to heat your nerves to stop pain signals from running through them. This procedure reduces or eliminates signals from your nerves that could normally reach your brain. It causes your pain to decrease.
More than 70% of those who have tried this procedure are happy. The results lasted an average of nine to two years and they experienced significant relief.
Are You a Candidate For Radiofrequency Ablation?
RFA can be very effective for chronic pain in the lower back, neck or joints. Florida Medical Pain Management will evaluate your condition and ask you questions about your past pain treatments.
RFA can be used to treat pain in various areas of the body.
If you have peripheral nerve pain or arthritis, RFA treatment can help.
Your doctor at Florida Medical Pain Management will conduct a thorough exam and consultation to determine if RFA is right for you.
What Should I Expect From RFA?
RFA is an outpatient procedure. It takes only a few minutes. However, with proper preparation and care, you can be in the office for many hours.
Your doctor at Florida Medical Pain Management will numb the area to ensure you are comfortable during the procedure. To pinpoint the precise spot that needs treatment, a fluoroscope will take X-rays of the area you are feeling pain.
The doctor will then insert a thin, hollow needle in the area where you are hurt. To ensure the needle is in the right place, the fluoroscope monitors it. The radiofrequency waves pass through the needle and burn or destroy the nerve(s), stopping them sending pain signals to your brain.
For a consultation with your doctor at Florida Medical Pain Management, we will answer all your questions regarding RFA and show you how it can help you.
What Are The Benefits of RFA?
RFA is minimally invasive and therefore a preferred treatment.
Additional Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation Include:
- Rapid recovery
- No scarring
- There is a low risk of complications
- There is no need for general anesthesia
You can schedule an appointment with your doctor by calling or using our convenient online booking tool.