Radiofrequency/Ablation/Rhizotomy Ablation/Facet Ablation
Radiofrequency facet ablation (RFA) is a common procedure that is designed to treat chronic pain associated with a wide range of disorders and conditions. During this procedure, we will cauterize (burn) a nerve that is sending pain signals from the damaged facet joint to the brain. The goal is to eliminate these pain signals, resulting in relief for the patient.
What is the Purpose of This Procedure?
In order to have a better understanding of how this procedure works and who may benefit from it, it is important to look at what is going on with the nerves and joints. There are specific nerves that have the job of transmitting pain from various joints to the brain in the event the joints have become arthritic or inflamed. When these nerves are cauterized, pain from the joints in question will no longer be transmitted to the brain. This is one of the most highly-effective procedures when it comes to reducing or eliminating chronic pain.
A facet RFA is often recommended for patients who are experiencing pain due to arthritic facet joints, but it may also be appropriate to treat other conditions and symptoms. In most cases, the treatment will last anywhere from 8-12 months. As the nerves regenerate, pain often recurs and the patient may require another RFA treatment.
Because the injection can be painful, you have the option of receiving IV sedation in conjunction with a local anesthetic. This decision is entirely up to you - we encourage you to discuss any concerns with Dr. Shaikh to fully understand what to expect prior to coming in for the procedure. In the event you decide to have IV sedation, you will need someone else to drive you home once the procedure has concluded.
Find Relief from Pain with RFA
Here at Crescent Pain Relief, we believe in offering a wide range of services, therapies, and techniques that can provide the patient with relief. We understand that every individual is different and therefore tailor our services to each person. If you are living with chronic pain and other symptoms associated with arthritis of the spine, you may want to consider RFA. While this procedure will not cure your condition, it can provide long-term relief and allow you to live a fuller life, free of pain. If you would like to learn more about RFA or have another question for Dr. Shaikh prior to the procedure, please contact Crescent Pain Relief today.