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: