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What is radio frequency ablation?
An RFA or Radiofrequency Facet Ablation is oftentimes called a “nerve ablation” or “burning the nerve.” It is a procedure that is performed after identifying a nerve in your spine that causes pain with an MBB. This eliminates the pain signal so that you get relief from your pain.
what is it used for?
RFA is a great option if you plan to actively rehabilitate the area so the pain does not come back. RFA or facet ablations helps you get longer-lasting pain relief than other interventional procedures.
To determine if you are a candidate for RFA for your chronic pain relief, your pain specialist will conduct a full examination and discuss your options.
Although each patient is different, patients who see the most drastic results from RFA are those who have not experienced pain relief with medications, less-invasive therapies, or prior surgeries
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT RFA (Radiofrequency Facet Ablation)
WHAT IS AN RFA?
An RFA or Radiofrequency Facet Ablation is oftentimes called a “nerve ablation” or “burning the nerve.” It is a procedure that is usually performed after identifying a specific nerve in your spine that causes pain (e.g., neck pain, mid-back pain, low-back pain) with an MBB (Medial Branch Block) and then eliminating the pain signal so that you get relief from your pain. During the procedure, we use safe radio waves to create a highly targeted electrical current. The current heats up the specific nerves and reduces the pain signals from that area.
WHEN TO CONSIDER AN RFA
WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO BURN THE NERVE?
This is a great question. Typically you would not want to, but there are many circumstances where this becomes a great option. In fact, RFA is a great option only if you plan to actively rehabilitate. The goal is to strengthen the area so the pain does not come back. This opens the rehab window that allows our team of physical therapists, chiropractors, and medical staff to properly care for and treat the underlying cause of your pain in order to get you healthy and strong. RFA or facet ablations helps you get longer-lasting pain relief than other interventional procedures.
HOW OFTEN DO YOU NEED AN RFA?
The pain relief from RFAs or nerve ablations can last anywhere from a couple of weeks to six months. The more damage has been done to the area you are treating, the more likely it is that you will need to repeat the procedure. After receiving an RFA, if you do not properly rehab the area to regain full function, you may need to get RFAs every six months to live pain-free. However, with proper rehabilitation and strengthening of the pain area, we work to extend the pain relief period and return you to normal, pain-free function for years instead of months. What is important to remember is that RFAs are best used as a way to open a longer-lasting rehab window to give you time to address the root-cause of your pain.
WHAT IF YOU GET AN RFA AND THE PAIN IS STILL THERE?
Facet or nerve ablations are never a guarantee of complete pain relief. In fact, there are no guarantees in any procedure in health care. However, if you did not get any pain relief with the ablation, the best thing to do is to talk to your doctor about it. In most case, they can offer you alternatives that may further benefit you while providing you with the rehab window you need to properly strengthen and recover the damaged area. In fact, our team of providers has multiple options beyond RFAs to help our patients eliminate their pain so that they can go back to living healthy and enjoyable lives.
RFA’S ARE MOST COMMONLY USED AT ARIZONA PAIN RELIEF FOR THE FOLLOWING:
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