Radiofrequency Ablation Rhizotomies Lumbar/Cervical

Radiofrequency Ablation Treatment in San Antonio for Pain Relief

Radiofrequency ablation is a pain relief procedure that is typically performed with mild sedation and anesthetic. It is also performed under fluoroscopy also known as a live X-ray for properly placing and targeting the needle. This, in turn, avoids nerve damage and other injuries.

Radiofrequency (RF) rhizotomy, or neurotomy, is a therapeutic procedure designed to decrease and/or eliminate nerve pain symptoms that have not responded to more conservative pain treatments. The procedure involves destroying the nerves causing the pain with highly localized heat generated with radiofrequency.

The Steps Involved in the Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure

The whole process takes about 30 to 90 minutes. Patients are advised to avoid doing strenuous activities on the day of the procedure. They may also continue to take normal medications such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and blood-thinning medications.

What Happens During the Procedure

  • An intravenous line or IV is started so that the sedative can be given to the patient. The patient lies on the procedure table and the skin over the back and neck is cleaned.
  • The doctor uses the X-ray guidance to direct the needle alongside the lateral branch nerves. This special needle receives electrical current and in turn targets the nerve and ensures that it’s a safe distance from other nerves.
  • The targeted nerves will be numbed to reduce pain while the lesion is being created.
  • The radiofrequency waves are planted to heat the needle’s tip and heat lesion is made on the nerve to break the nerve’s ability to send pain signals.
  • This entire process will be repeated for additional nerves.

Offering Quality Treatment for All Your Pain Needs at Tricity Pain Associates ®

Tricity Pain Associates ® houses experienced and knowledgeable physicians who specialize in radiofrequency treatments guaranteed to ease you out of your pain. We provide various surgeries specifically targeting certain conditions such as herniated disc and pain incurred from an accident as well as treatments for spinal discs, lower back, and facet joints.

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Pain can be translated into a lot of things. It can mean something severe such as a medical condition that needs to be checked as soon as possible. Talk to one of our pain doctors to have your pain checked. Our San Antonio office is always open, as well as our pain centers in Stone Oak, San Antonio Medical Center, New Braunfels, Southwest Briggs, Northeast SA, Corpus Christi, Carrollton, Seguin, and Austin. Call us at 1-844-789-PAIN (7246) so we can help you continue a life free of pain.