Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation

Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation Overview

Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure to help patients experiencing chronic lower back or neck pain related. It uses a tiny electrical instrument to heat up and deaden a small area of nerve tissue, reducing pain signals created by the irritated nerve. Results may last from 6 - 9 months as nerve tissue will eventually regenerate. If the underlying problem has not been treated, another ablation can be performed if needed if the pain returns. This is an outpatient procedure that involves little or no pain when ablation is performed. The patient can go home soon after the procedure is over.

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Advantages of Conservative Treatment

  • Less expensive then surgery
  • Little to no recovery
  • No incisions or scarring
  • No long term effects
  • Done during an office visit
  • Best used before considering surgery
  • Immediate results

Conditions Treated with Radiofrequency Nerve Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure to help control pain in patients experiencing chronic lower back or neck pain.

  • Herniated Disc

    A herniated disc occurs when the inner disc material, called the nucleus, pushes through the tough outer wall of the disc. When this bulging area comes into contact with surrounding nerves it causes pain, tingling and discomfort that can be felt locally and also down the nerve’s path that it follows.