Radiofrequency Ablation in Frisco, TX
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What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, Dr. Jerry Lewis performs radiofrequency ablation procedures to help relieve patients of their chronic pain when they have not received relief from previous treatments.
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 occurring 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.
What Are the Benefits?
At Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, our Frisco, TX patients who suffer from chronic pain gain many great benefits from radiofrequency ablation, such as:
- Quick recovery with little to no downtime needed
- Reduced reliance on oral pain or anti-inflammatory medications
- Relief for up to 2 years from your chronic condition
- Ability to return to a more pain-free and happier lifestyle
Am I an Ideal Candidate?
Typically, a candidate 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 this procedure.
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, call our office today.
How Radiofrequency Ablation Works
Dr. Lewis will begin by inserting a needle into the area of pain using a fluoroscope 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. 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 the procedure can be repeated as a treatment if it's found effective for the patient.
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What Happens After Treatment?
After your radiofrequency ablation treatment at Lewis Pain & Physical Medicine, you should expect to experience pain relief at the area of treatment. Some of our Frisco, TX patients experience near-immediate relief, while others do not have any change for the first 7 — 10 days. After your initial release from pain, the results of RF ablation are long-lasting and should provide you with results for anywhere from 6 — 12 months. Contact your provider to find out more about the length of results and potential for touch-up treatments.
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.
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Radiofrequency Ablation FAQs
Does it hurt?
Does radiofrequency ablation work?
How long does the procedure take?
Radiofrequency ablations are relatively quick procedures. Our Frisco, TX patients who have undergone this procedure generally take from 30 minutes to 2 hours, depending on the treatment location and severity. If you have other questions regarding the procedure, contact our office.