About RADIOFREQUENCY ABLATION
Radiofrequency ablation treats chronic pain by using an electric current to heat the nerve and prevent it from sending pain signals to the brain. This procedure can help manage chronic pain that can occur in the back. Typically, the nerve that is treated is attached to a spinal joint that has been determined as the cause of back pain, but radiofrequency ablation can also be used to treat pain in the neck, knees, pelvis, hands, and feet. At Lewis Pain Management, Dr. Jerry Lewis performs radiofrequency ablation procedures to help relieve patients of their chronic pain when they have not received relief from previous treatments. If you are experiencing chronic pain and cannot find relief with other forms of treatment, contact our Frisco,TX office to schedule a consultation with pain management specialist Dr. Jerry Lewis.
Typically, a candidate for radiofrequency ablation will need to have a successful diagnostic procedure, such as a nerve block, to ensure the correct source of the pain is being treated. Radiofrequency ablation is most often not the first form of treatment for chronic pain. Dr. Lewis may first recommend physical therapy or other noninvasive treatments before suggesting radiofrequency ablation. Ablation could be a good option for patients who have not experienced any pain relief from previous treatments.
Radiofrequency ablation is an outpatient procedure that can be performed under general or local anesthesia. Dr. Lewis will begin by inserting a needle into the area of pain using a fluoroscopy x-ray. Through the needle, he will insert the microelectrode and deliver the radiofrequency current to heat the nerve tissue. The heat from the microelectrode burns the nerve to destroy the pain signals. Several nerves can be treated within one treatment session.
WHAT TO EXPECT
The amount of time it takes for the patient to feel pain relief following their procedure may vary depending on the treatment location. Patients should be able to go home on the same day or the next day. A follow-up appointment with Dr. Lewis may be required so that he can adjust your treatment plan as needed. The procedure results can last anywhere from several months to two years, but radiofrequency ablation can be repeated as a treatment if it is found effective for the patient.
DIMINISH CHRONIC PAIN
When other treatments have failed to manage your pain, radiofrequency ablation may be the next best course of action. Dr. Lewis provides this procedure to allow pain relief for his patients experiencing chronic pain. To learn more about pain relief with radiofrequency ablation, contact our Frisco, TX office to schedule your consultation.