If traditional treatments haven't relieved you of your pain, it may be time to consider radiofrequency ablation. At Long Island Chronic Pain, Uzma Nasir, MD, is experienced in performing radiofrequency ablation procedures so you can return to doing the things you love. With locations in East Northport, Centereach, and Huntington Station, New York, call your nearest office today or schedule a consultation online.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that helps reduce pain by destroying specific nerve endings to prevent pain signals from reaching your brain. This procedure is used to help manage chronic pain that affects the back, neck, and arthritic joints.
Your physician determines if you’re a good candidate for a radiofrequency ablation after a physical examination and review of your medical history.
However, before they recommend the procedure, they might first try a nerve block, which is an injection that temporarily blocks your pain signals. If you find pain relief from the nerve block, then they could recommend radiofrequency ablation, which provides longer-lasting pain control.
Radiofrequency ablation is a quick procedure that usually takes less than an hour, along with a short recovery time. To reduce discomfort before the ablation, your physician numbs the treatment area with a local anesthetic.
Using a fluoroscope, your physician inserts hollow needles into the area of pain and then injects a contrast dye to confirm the placement of needles.
After confirmation, they begin the targeted radiofrequency treatment to burn the nerves, destroying them and stopping the pain signal. The burning process takes about a minute and a half, and they can treat a number of nerves during your procedure.
Your physician monitors you for a short period of time following your radiofrequency ablation and then you’re free to leave. You should arrange for a ride home afterward.
You may experience some pain from the procedure, and it may take up to three days to fully recover and return to your usual activities.
While it differs from person to person, radiofrequency ablation can provide pain relief for anywhere from two months to two years. If you find pain relief after your radiofrequency ablation, your physician can repeat the procedure as needed.
To learn more about radiofrequency ablation and how it can help you, call Long Island Chronic Pain today or use the online booking button to schedule an appointment.