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Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive pain management treatment option proudly offered by Total Spine and Orthopedics. This highly effective procedure is designed to reduce chronic pain, especially in the spine and joints, through the use of radiofrequency energy to deactivate nerve fibers carrying pain signals to the brain.

What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency Ablation is a clinically proven, FDA-approved technique that uses radio waves to create heat. This heat is carefully directed to specific nerve tissues, significantly reducing pain signals from the targeted area. RFA is primarily used to treat chronic pain in areas such as the lower back, neck, arthritic joints, and nerves affected by conditions like chronic spinal arthritis (spondylosis) and sacroiliac joint pain.

How Does RFA Work?

The RFA procedure involves inserting a small needle into the targeted area under the guidance of imaging techniques such as an ultrasound or fluoroscopy (a type of X-ray). Once the needle is correctly positioned, a microelectrode is introduced through the needle to deliver radiofrequency energy to the nerve tissue, causing a heat lesion. This process disables the nerve's ability to send pain signals without causing significant damage to the surrounding tissues.

A woman stretching her arms up after a Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)
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Benefits of RFA

  1. Long-lasting Pain Relief: Patients often experience relief from pain for six months to a year and, in some cases, even longer.
  2. Minimally Invasive: With RFA, there's minimal recovery time compared to traditional surgery. Most patients return to their normal activities within a few days.
  3. Safe and Effective: RFA has a high success rate and minimal risk of complications.
  4. Improved Quality of Life: By effectively managing pain, RFA can help patients return to their daily activities with increased mobility and comfort.

What to Expect During the RFA Procedure

The RFA treatment is typically performed on an outpatient basis, requiring no hospital stay. Before the procedure, you'll receive a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. The entire process takes about 30 to 90 minutes, depending on the area being treated. After the procedure, patients are monitored for a short period before being discharged to recover at home.

Aftercare and Recovery

Recovery from RFA is generally quick. Patients may experience some soreness at the injection site, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. It is typically recommended to avoid strenuous activities for the first 24 hours. Most patients report significant pain relief within one to three weeks after the procedure.

Is RFA Right for You?

RFA may be an effective treatment option if you have chronic pain that hasn't responded to conventional treatments like medication or physical therapy. Ideal candidates are those with specific conditions that can be targeted with RFA, such as facet joint pain, sacroiliac joint pain, and certain types of neck and back pain. A consultation with one of our board-certified physicians can help determine if RFA is suitable for your condition.

Why Choose Total Spine and Orthopedics for your RFA?

Total Spine and Orthopedics is an industry leader and is at the forefront of minimally invasive pain management techniques. Our team of board-certified doctors and highly trained staff specializes in performing RFA and similar procedures and is committed to providing personalized care tailored to your specific needs.

If you're suffering from chronic pain and seeking relief, fill out the form on this page to schedule a consultation. Our team of experts will work with you to determine if Radiofrequency Ablation is the right treatment for you. Let us help you take the first step towards a pain-free life.

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