Radiofrequency Ablation (otherwise known as Rhizotomy) is used to reduce pain by directly targeting the nerves that are sending pain signals. By targeting these nerves, symptoms should weaken without reducing nerve function.
It usually is known for directly targeting Facet Joint pain, which can cause lower back problems. Nerves (connected to the Facet Joint) sending pain signals to the spine can be the main cause of chronic pain.
It works by using heat to ablate abnormal regions of the body by running a current through nerve tissues that are causing the pain.
Normally before a Radiofrequency Ablation procedure, your doctor will want an MRI (Magnetic resonance imaging), Discography or a Nerve Block Injection performed to pinpoint exactly where the problem lay. The outcome of a Radiofrequency Ablation is typically long-lasting relief for anywhere from 6 months up to a year.
The Steps of a Radiofrequency Ablation are as follows:
A Radiofrequency Ablation procedure boasts several benefits and upsides since it’s a minimally invasive treatment that doesn’t cause undue stress and trauma to the body. In addition to this, other benefits include:
With any surgical procedure, there can be side effects. Common side effects for a Radiofrequency Ablation may include:
These side effects aren’t permanent and shouldn’t persist for any longer than a day. If they do, consult with your physician.