Radiofrequency Ablation Rhizotomies lumbar /Cervical

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 or known as a live X-ray for properly placing and targeting the needle. This, in turn, avoids nerve 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 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 never 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 Interventional Pain Management

Interventional Pain Management houses the 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 and treatments for spinal discs, lower back, and facet joint in San Antonio, Texas.

Talk to Us

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 Seguin, Dallas, Austin, Corpus Christi, and New Braunfels.  Let our pain specialist in San Antonio, TX help you continue a life free of pain.

What Our Patients are Saying

  • Julie Bailey

    Had a ruptured disc from a car accident this summer that I have been having issues with pain wise. Dr. Dar’s quick service for cortisone shots to help manage the pain has been a lifesaver! Highly recommend.

  • Cliff Fisher

    I am so appreciative of Dr. Dar and his staff. I can see how busy he is, but even so he still takes his time during my appointment to explain what he can do to help me with my lower back pain. Thank you Dr. Dar!

  • Trish Marcos

    Dr. Dar and his staff were very professional and genuinely cared about my comfort and pain management when I was suffering from awful back pain. I really appreciate what they did for me. I finally have my life back and am able to function because of them. Thank you so much Dr. Dar!

  • Art Cruz

    I was referred by Dr. Homero Rodriguez to come and see Dr. Urfan Dar. I used to be a U.S. paratrooper, and after I hurt myself my lower back pain was so terrible that I couldn’t sleep at night. Dr. Dar is so good that I’ve been coming to him since 2002 . Dr. Dar pays attention to me when I tell him where I am hurting, and then takes care of the pain. He’s the best.

  • Misty Wilson

    I struggled for years to find someone who could help me with my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome pain. P.A. Watson actually listened to me and has been working diligently to ease my pain ever since. I would highly recommend you go see him!!!

  • Lisa Ortiz

    Dr Bengali is wonderful! I had my first C-sp epidural injection, he said it could take up to five days to feel relief. I was having a pain of 7 walking and after I woke up my pain went dramatically down to a 2. I had instant relief. I couldn’t believe it. I was so happy with his team and the results. Thanks Dr. Bengali!

  • Michael Philby

    I have always had a good experience with the doctors, PA’s, and staff in the office. Their caring attitude towards their patients stands out. Another doctor I go to recommended them to me, and I’m glad she did. I’ve had issues with previous pain management offices: lack of caring, feeling like just another patient, rude behavior, extremely long waiting periods to see the doctor, and issues getting prescriptions. I highly recommend Tri-City pain management for issues you may have with chronic pain.

  • Rudy Moncivaiz

    The whole staff is very nice & very friendly! They treat you really well and with respect, the atmosphere is great. Dr. Dar is great, thank you very much!

  • Jennifer Plotts

    I was initially referred to Dr.Tong and I have to say, I was nervous. Well Dr. Tong surprised me, he is the best! He his honest and caring. The girls in the front are friendly also. I will be telling everyone about him, and thank you for helping me.

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