Radiofrequency Ablation

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Radiofrequency Ablation For Back Pain

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) ranks high among the many ways to treat chronic back pain. If you are searching for a nonsurgical method to address your discomfort, radiofrequency ablation may be the answer.

This treatment employs an electrical current to heat a small area of nerve tissue. The heat reduces the signals radiating from this area, decreasing your pain following the treatment.

Finding the right way to treat your pain can increase your quality of life. Explore your options for radiofrequency ablation, and see why this treatment may be right for you.

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment

Radiofrequency ablation is most effective in treating pain in the lower back and neck. Following are a few of the most common questions patients ask when considering this treatment.

Will I Feel Pain During RFA Treatment?

You will feel a small prick at the insertion site where the electrical current is conducted into your body, but it does not represent a high degree of pain. You may also experience light bleeding. The skilled staff at NJ Spine and Wellness take the utmost care to ensure that incisions are properly dressed following the procedure.

How Long Does RFA Pain Relief Last?

The effects of RFA generally remain for six to 12 months. The majority of people who receive radiofrequency ablation do experience pain relief. Some even find that their symptoms go away for years.

What Should I Do to Get Ready for Radiofrequency Ablation?

We recommend taking several precautionary measures before every appointment, including the following:

  • Stop eating six hours before your appointment. You can still consume clear liquids for up to two hours before the procedure.
  • Continue to take your regular medications as usual. If you need to take a pill during the six-hour pre-RFA treatment window, you can swallow a small amount of water. Talk to your primary care physician beforehand to make sure the medication levels do not need adjustment.
  • Have someone accompany you to the appointment. You will not be allowed to drive for 24 hours after RFA treatment, so you’ll need someone to drive you home.

Do I Qualify for RFA Treatment?

Do you have a condition such as arthritis that causes frequent, chronic pain? If so, you may be a good candidate for RFA treatment. RFA is an effective solution to the aches caused by joint degeneration.

If you have diabetes, you can still qualify for radiofrequency treatment. However, you will need to change your insulin dosage on the day you receive treatment. Discuss the adjustment with your diabetes physician beforehand. You should bring your medication to your appointment so that you can take it afterward if needed.

RFA is not right for everyone. If you are prone to infection or atypical bleeding, you should not receive radiofrequency ablation. Discuss your condition with our staff beforehand to see if RFA is right for you.

Contact Us Today to Request a Radiofrequency Ablation Appointment

To get more information about radiofrequency ablation or to schedule an appointment for treatment, contact our office at 877-333-6579. We can see you at one of our three locations in Old Bridge, Freehold or Matawan, NJ.

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