is Radio-Frequency Ablation?
Radio-Frequency Ablation is a procedure where the
nerves are heated with electronic current to semi-permanently deaden
the nerves. Before the patient is a candidate for this procedure
they must have had responded well to a series of two Medial Branch
Blocks. This procedure disrupts the conduction of pain signals given
out by the nerves.
The procedure usually takes 20 to 45 minutes depending
on the areas that are to be treated. Like most of the other procedures
it is performed under fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance) for precise accuracy.
Since the nerves can not actually be seen with the fluoroscopy the
needles are aligned using the bones in your spine as land-marks.
The procedure involves inserting a needle through the skin into
deeper tissues and then onto the nerves. Most of the patients receive
intravenous sedation to make the procedure easy to tolerate.
After the procedure the patient is expected to be
sore. Most patients will fill discomfort for up to a week after
the procedure. Usually ice will control the discomfort. After the
soreness has decreased you should notice that the baseline pain
has gone or is quite less.
procedure is safe. However, with any procedure there are risks,
and or side effects. The most common side effect of this procedure
is a temporary increase in pain. Fortunately the serious side effects
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