Procedure Description

Radio-Frequency Ablation is a procedure that aims to deal with the pain that’s being caused by the sensory nerves of the facet joints. RFA’s are a minimally invasive procedure that has been used to treat arthritis of the spine for quite some time. it’s necessary to know that this procedure results will vary. These sensory nerves do grow back so the length of time that a patient can experience relief will be totally different from case to case.

During the procedure, the provider can use fluoroscopic guidance (X-Ray) to position an electrode which can deliver a frequency heat current to the location of the infrared sensory nerve and thereby will create a lesion which will disrupt pain-generating signals. The whole procedure usually takes about 15-45 minutes depending on the extent of the levels involved and patients are generally up and walking quickly after the procedure.

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When to consider

Only your physician can confirm whether or not you would possibly be a candidate for a radio-frequency ablation. most commonly a patient can have facet injections done either for therapeutic relief or for confirmation testing that will confirm whether or not or not a radio frequency ablation ought to be thought-about. If you have ever been diagnosed with arthritis of the spine, facet disease, or facet hypertrophy – you will be considered for a radio frequency ablation.

What to expect in surgery

With a minimally invasive approach and since very little is being done to the structural anatomy of the spine with radio frequency ablation most patients will return to normal daily activities within days following the procedure. Like any procedure, it’s necessary to follow the post-operation directions and guidelines to ensure the result from the procedure is long lasting pain relief.

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