When it comes to pain relief, radiofrequency ablation is one of the longest-lasting treatments you can get. At Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management, the board-certified physicians have years of experience performing this minimally invasive treatment. If you struggle with chronic pain anywhere in your body and would like to learn if you're a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation, call one of their two offices in West Des Moines and Des Moines, Iowa, or request an appointment online today.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that stops pain signals from going through a nerve. The radiofrequency energy creates a wound on the nerve, preventing pain messages from reaching your brain.
This procedure significantly alleviates your pain since you only feel pain after your brain gets the signal.
Your provider may recommend radiofrequency ablation when your pain doesn’t improve with medical treatments. This procedure precisely targets nerves throughout your body. As a result, it can treat pain from many causes.
Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management often uses radiofrequency ablation to treat conditions such as:
Many people find that they can avoid surgery and stop taking pain medications after undergoing radiofrequency ablation.
Your provider does a diagnostic nerve block before you have a radiofrequency ablation. During your nerve block, they inject a local anesthetic into the targeted nerve. If the anesthetic effectively relieves your pain, a radiofrequency ablation will also work.
You lie on an X-ray table so your provider can use fluoroscopy (real-time X-ray images) to see the needle and precisely guide it to the nerve. After receiving a sedative, your provider applies a topical anesthetic at the injection site.
Then they insert a hollow needle through your skin and to the nerve. The needle contains a radiofrequency probe that sends radio waves into the nerve. The radio waves create a wound that blocks nerve signals.
The Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management team conveniently performs radiofrequency ablation in the office, providing patients with personal attention. Though you go home shortly after your procedure, most people rest a day or two before returning to work.
You may experience immediate pain relief, but it takes about 10 days to three weeks to get the full effect for most people. From then, your pain relief can last nine months to two years. The treatment lasts until the nerve regenerates and heals, and the pain returns.
If you have questions about radiofrequency ablation, call Metro Anesthesia & Pain Management or book an appointment online today.