Nerves that send constant signals to your brain are the source of your chronic pain. Texas Pain Institute offers radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the nearby areas of Texas.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is an interventional pain management therapy that destroys nerves that are sending the pain signals to your brain. In chronic pain conditions, the underlying disease has been diagnosed by your physician, so the nerve signals are not necessary.
What Are the Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
Our patients typically enjoy six to 12 months with reduced chronic pain after the RFA treatment. They also note a reduced reliance on their pain medications and greater engagement with their primary treatment plan. This does vary by patient, but we expect that you will have a period after your RFA therapy when chronic pain does not interfere with your primary treatment and quality of life.
Am I a Candidate for Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
The most common conditions that benefit from RFA are:
How is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Performed?
A small incision is made close to the nerve group that is sending pain signals to your brain. An electrode is inserted through the incision and guided to the specific nerves. A dose of radiofrequency energy is administered, and this gently heats and destroys the nerves. You may feel a slight warming as we treat each nerve. When all of the nerves have been destroyed, we slowly pull the electrode out and close the incision.
What is the Recovery Like After Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
You may have a noticeable reduction in pain immediately after the procedure. We will monitor you for 30 to 60 minutes and then you are free to go home. We recommend that someone be available to drive for you. Rest for the first 24 hours after the RFA treatment, and you should not take a bath or shower for 24 to 48 hours.
What is the Prognosis After Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?
The prognosis is good after RFA for chronic pain. Some patients have some mild discomfort for the first five days. The body may grow new nerves in the area which will require additional radiofrequency ablation treatments.
RFA is a safe and effective treatment for some types of chronic pain. Dr. Ved Aggarwal and his team offer radiofrequency ablation for residents of Fort Worth, Denton, Southlake, and the surrounding communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.