Radiofrequency Ablation Pain Management Procedure in Huntsville, AL
This minimally-invasive procedure, also called radiofrequency (or RF) rhizotomy, reduces or eliminates pain by blocking the signal of a nerve-ending from sending a pain signal to the brain. This procedure is performed with local anesthetic.
Preparation for Radiofrequency Ablation
The neck and shoulder are cleaned and sterilized. Local anesthesia is administered to numb the tissue at the injection site down to the spinal column.
Pain Reducing Procedure Process
The physician uses an x-ray device called a fluoroscope to carefully guide a needle-like tube called a cannula to the irritated medial branch nerves. Then, a radiofrequency electrode is inserted through the cannula. The physician tests the electrode’s position by administering a weak electric current. If the stimulation recreates the pain without any other muscular effects, the electrode is positioned correctly.
The physician uses the electrode to heat and cauterize the nerve. This disrupts its ability to communicate with the brain, blocking the pain signals. Multiple nerves may require treatment. The electrode and cannula are removed, and the injection site is covered with a small bandage.
RF Rhizotomy Procedure Follow Up
Although pain may increase for the first week after the procedure, the patient usually has full relief from pain within a month. Successful RF neurotomies can last longer than steroid block injections.
This treatment can eliminate pain for 6-24 months.
Is Radiofrequency Ablation Pain Management Right For You?
This highly effective pain management procedure can improve quality of life for those suffering from pain. To see if Radiofrequency Ablation is right for your pain management needs, contact Tennessee Valley Pain Consultants at our Huntsville, AL office today for a consultation, and get started on the path to pain recovery.