Nerves in your body carry pain signals to your brain, and when those nerves are overactive due to a medical condition or trauma, you experience chronic pain. At Central Florida Pain Management, we offer radiofrequency ablation, a minimally invasive procedure that prevents nerves from sending pain signals to help residents of Ocala, The Villages, and surrounding areas of central Florida.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Radio frequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure in which radiofrequency energy is used to permanently damage the nerves that are sending chronic pain signals to your brain. Nerve ablation may be recommended if a nerve block helps to alleviate your chronic pain.
What Are the Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Nerve blocks are temporary in nature, and RFA ablation offers our patients in the Ocala area a long-term solution for chronic pain. The procedure is minimally invasive; therefore, it is not an extensive surgery, and recovery is relatively short.
Am I a Candidate for Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
If you live with chronic pain and have seen a reduction in your symptoms with nerve blocks, RFA treatment may be right for you. The procedure is typically recommended for chronic back pain in the:
- Joints to treat arthritis
- Lower back
How is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Performed?
Lumbar radiofrequency ablation and similar RFA procedures are performed by inserting a thin needle through the skin. A fluoroscope is a special type of x-ray that is used during the procedure to aid with targeting the appropriate nerves. The needle delivers the radiofrequency energy to the nerves. You may have some discomfort and pressure during the procedure, and it only takes 15 to 20 minutes.
What is Recovery Like After Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
After the RFA procedure, you should be able to move around with ease and less pain. We do require that someone drive you home. You may have some tenderness and muscle spasms for the first two weeks. You will have noticeably less chronic pain after 10 to 14 days, and full pain relief may take up to one month.
What is the Prognosis After Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Joint, neck, and back ablation permanently destroys the treated nerves, so the long-term prognosis is quite good for our patients. If you experience chronic pain after the procedure, it may be due to damage to nerves that were not treated with RFA ablation.
Radiofrequency ablation is an excellent option for treating chronic pain in the joints, lower back, and neck. To learn more about RFA treatment for residents of Ocala, The Villages and the surrounding communities of central Florida, contact us to schedule a consultation with Melissa Alvarez-Perez, M.D.