Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) is a procedure used to reduce pain. RFA has proven to be a safe and effective way to treat some forms of pain.
During the procedure, an electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area. RFA can be used to help patients with chronic low-back and neck painand pain related to the degeneration of joints, which can be due to arthritis.
The degree of pain relief varies from patient to patient, depending on the location and cause of the pain. Pain relief from RFA can also vary from patient to patient. Studies show that more than 70% of patients treated with RFA experience pain relief.
As with any medical procedure, RFA is not recommended for everyone and this is where your doctor will asses your individual medical history, symptoms, and imaging diagnostics such as an MRI to determine if you are a strong candidate for the RFA procedure.
If radiofrequency ablation is recommended, the physician will explain the procedure in detail, including any and all possible complications and side effects.
Feel free to ask any questions you may have at your appointments prior to this procedure. Our physicians are here to thoroughly treat your symptoms, educate you on your treatment, and make you feel comfortable. You, our patient, are the number one priority at Dominion Orthopaedic Clinic.