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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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.