Destroying a portion of the nerve tissue that emits pain signals is a safe and effective method for managing chronic pain. National Pain Institute offers radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida.
What Is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a technique that is used for interventional pain management to provide patients with long-term relief from their discomfort. The procedure destroys nerve fibers to disrupt pain signals.
What Are the Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation?
RFA is an outpatient procedure that does not require general anesthesia. You go home the same day, and many patients notice a significant reduction in their pain within hours of the procedure.
Am I a Candidate for RFA?
If a nerve block has successfully alleviated your chronic pain, you may be a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation to destroy the irritated nerves.
How Is Radiofrequency Ablation Performed?
We may recommend a nerve block to confirm which nerves are causing your chronic pain. Once we identify the appropriate nerves, we prepare you for the procedure by administering a light sedative and numbing the area. National Pain Institute uses advanced imaging technology for our RFA treatments to guide the radiofrequency probe into the right position. A small level of radiofrequency energy is emitted into the nerve to gently heat it. The thermal energy destroys the nerve cells, and you may feel a slightly warm sensation. The RFA procedure may take as little as 20 minutes or up to one hour.
What Is the Recovery Like After RFA?
No recovery is needed after your RFA procedure. You may feel like resting for the first few days. The pain may subside within hours of the treatment.
What Should I Expect After Radiofrequency Ablation?
Nerve fibers can regrow in the treatment area, so your chronic pain may return in a few months. Should this be the case, please contact us to schedule another RFA treatment. Most patients enjoy chronic pain relief for six to nine months. If you find that you still have pain after the radiofrequency ablation, please let us know. We will schedule a time for you to meet with the doctor to determine another course of treatment for your pain.
At National Pain Institute, our team of pain management physicians offers Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) for residents of Orlando, as well as other communities in Central and South Florida. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.