Whether you’re suffering from a neck injury or living with an arthritic condition, the debilitating nature of chronic pain can drastically impact your quality of life. Jay Bender, MD, at Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist in Roswell, Georgia, offers radiofrequency ablation, an innovative and minimally invasive technique that helps to alleviate pain without the need for surgery or prescription medications. To learn more, call or schedule an appointment online today.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure Dr. Bender offers to help alleviate your pain by ultimately destroying the communication between your nerves and brain. Utilizing heat to reduce or stop the transmission of pain, radiofrequency waves burn the nerve fibers responsible for carrying pain signals to your brain.
Radiofrequency ablation can provide lasting relief from chronic pain, especially in the following areas:
This innovative technique helps to treat peripheral nerve pain, as well as conditions like spondylosis and sacroiliitis, which are arthritis of your spine and pelvis, respectively.
Not only does Dr. Bender use RFA to help you avoid the need for surgery and decrease your use of pain medication, but also because the procedure provides the following benefits:
Call Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist or use online booking to learn more about the benefits of this innovative procedure.
Before starting the radiofrequency ablation procedure, Dr. Bender applies a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area for your comfort.
Dr. Bender directs a thin, hollow needle into the area responsible for your pain using a special type of X-ray, a fluoroscope. This innovative technique allows him to watch the needle in real-time on the fluoroscope monitor to make sure that he inserts the needle with greater precision to target your pain.
Once the needle is in place, Dr. Bender administers a numbing medication before passing a radiofrequency current through the hollow needle, which creates a small and precise burn. The heat of the current destroys the portion of your nerve that transmits your pain, ultimately disrupting its pain communication signal with your brain.
The burning process takes about 90 seconds for each site, and Dr. Bender can burn multiple nerves during the same office visit. Generally, RFA takes 15-45 minutes to complete, requiring you to lie on an X-ray table for the duration of the procedure.
While you can get up and move around immediately following the procedure, Dr. Bender and his staff monitor you for a short time before you’re able to leave the office, and someone must drive you home.
It’s typical to experience pain for up to 14 days following RFA. This generally occurs due to the residual effects of the nerve ablation or muscle spasms. You’ll most likely return to your daily schedules 24-72 hours after your procedure.
You may experience relief immediately following the RFA procedure, or in some cases it can take up to three weeks. However, most patients generally experience pain relief within 10 days. Your pain relief can last anywhere between nine months to more than two years following the procedure, depending on your condition.
If you’re interested in learning more about radiofrequency ablation and what it can do for you, call Bender Orthopaedics & Spine Specialist or schedule an appointment online today.