Radiofrequency Ablation

WHAT IS RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION?

Radiofrequencyablation uses an electric current to heat up a small area of nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals. It can provide lasting relief for people with chronic pain, especially in the lower back, neck and arthritic joints.

HOW IS RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION DONE?

You'll lie on your stomach on an x-ray table.

The doctor will numb an area of your skin with a localanesthetic. Then, he will:

  • Insert a thin needle into the area where you feel pain; an x-ray can help your doctor pinpoint the exact area
  • Insert a microelectrode through the needle; your doctor will ask if you feel a tingling sensation; this helps your doctor identify the right area for treatment
  • Send a small radiofrequency current through the electrode to heat your nerve tissue Usually, after the procedure you can go home the same day.

HOW EFFECTIVE IS RADIOFREOUENCY ABLATION?

Most patients have some pain relief after radiofrequency ablation, but the amount varies by cause of pain and location. The relief can last from six to 18 months. For some patients, the relief lasts years.

WHAT ARE THE RISKS?

The risk of complication from radiofrequency ablation is very low. Serious complications,including infection and bleeding at the incision site, are uncommon.

Temporary side effects can include:

  • Weakness or numbness in your legs
  • Swelling and bruising at the incision site

WHAT HAPPENS AFTER THE PROCEDURE?

It is normal to feel better immediately after the procedure. This is the effect of the anesthetic. It will most likely wear off a few hours after the procedure. You may feel sore for a few days after the procedure. This is normal and is caused by mild muscle or nerve irritation. Full pain relief takes anywhere from two to four weeks. You should be able to return to work the day after the procedure.

You can continue your regular diet and medications immediately, but do not drive or do any rigorous activity for 24 hours after the procedure. Take it easy. You can return to your normal activities the next day.

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Back Pain Chiropractic

2006 N State Line Ave, Texarkana, AR 71854

(870) 774-0951

Our Team

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Dr. Venita J. Angwenyi, D.C.

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Leta

Office Manager

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Charlotte

Chiropractic Assistant

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Abby

Chiropractic Assistant / New Patient Specialist

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Rebekah

Chiropractic Office Assistant

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Sierra

Chiropractic Assistant

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