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Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radiofrequency to treat nerves causing pain. Local anesthetic is applied before the procedure. A thin, hollow needle is inserted into the spine at the location responsible for the pain, typically with the assistance of a special x-ray (fluoroscope) for better visual accuracy. A radiofrequency current is passed through the needle, burning the section of the nerve that causes pain.
Conditions Treated with Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is commonly used to treat:
This procedure is known to be highly effective for patients who have had past success with a diagnostic nerve block.
Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation
The primary benefit of radiofrequency ablation is that it provides pain relief for up to two years by preventing pain signals from reaching the brain. Other benefits include:
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Fast recovery
- Minimized need for oral pain medications
- The procedure can be repeated as needed
Expert Pain Treatment at Weill Cornell Medicine
Our physicians are leading experts in radiofrequency ablation. This treatment, when combined with our multifaceted and compassionate care, delivers a high level of pain relief for our patients.
If you would like to find out more about radiofrequency ablation to relieve pain, please contact us today to schedule a consultation.