Radiofrequency ablation is an outstanding treatment for many types of pain and is among the services available from William Cole Jr., DO, Sandeep Kola, DO, and the team at OrthoMed Pain & Sports Medicine in Sarasota and Venice, Florida. If you’d like more information about what radiofrequency ablation can do for you, call the office to schedule a visit or book online any time of day or night.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive pain treatment that uses carefully controlled electric current to damage targeted nerve tissue. Also called rhizotomy, this treatment works by interrupting the transmission of pain signals between the body and brain.
This treatment is a wonderful option for people who want to achieve lasting pain relief without surgery or reliance on drug therapy. It is safe and effective and has a low risk of side effects compared with more invasive procedures.
When side effects do occur, they are temporary in nature. You might experience sensations of weakness or numbness in your legs, or swelling or bruising at the treatment site.
Some of the issues that can be treated using radiofrequency ablation include:
During your initial visit, you’ll learn if radiofrequency ablation is the right treatment option for your specific set of needs.
On the day of your procedure, you’ll change into a treatment garment to ensure easy access to the site. A local anesthetic reduces sensation in the treatment area, helping to minimize discomfort throughout the procedure.
Your practitioner inserts a thin treatment needle through your skin and into the treatment site. A special X-ray called a fluoroscope might be used to guide the needle into place. You might feel some pressure during this stage, but there is no significant discomfort.
Once your practitioner is pleased with the needle placement, an electric current is introduced through the needle. The heat generated from the current creates precise burns to targeted nerve tissue. This damages the nerve fibers, preventing pain signals from being transmitted between your body and brain. Multiple areas can be treated during the same visit.
Once the treatment is complete, you’ll remain in the office for a short period of evaluation. You’ll need to have a friend or family member drive you home. It can take around two weeks for your body to heal from the treatment, and minimal pain, as well as muscle spasms, are normal.
Your results can last anywhere from nine months to more than two years. Your body will strive to rebuild the damaged nerve tissue, and some level of sensation will likely return at some point.
When you’re ready to explore radiofrequency ablation in more detail, schedule your visit with OrthoMed Pain & Sports Medicine online or over the phone.