If you’re suffering from particularly troublesome pain in a certain area of your spine, the answer may be radiofrequency ablation, also called radiofrequency denervation. At Center for Pain Management in Edinburg, Texas, Tajul "Tim” Chowdhury, MD performs this procedure to deactivate the nerves causing pain. Book your appointment for pain relief through the online tool or by phone today.
Radiofrequency ablation alleviates pain and is often most helpful for:
Radiofrequency ablation can be very effective in reducing the nerve pain signals to your brain.
During this procedure, Dr. Chowdhury uses a special probe to deliver electrical current that heats the nerve tissue that's causing your pain. He uses X-ray or ultrasound guidance to ensure the probe is in the optimal place. This treatment renders the nerves inactive and prevents them from sending pain signals to your brain and the rest of your nervous system.
During your radiofrequency ablation treatment, you won't feel uncomfortable or be in pain because Dr. Chowdhury numbs the entire injection area. The whole radiofrequency ablation procedure takes only about 45 minutes.
Generally, good candidates for radiofrequency ablation have already had a series of nerve block injections with good results. Successful nerve block injections mean that your body responds well to nerve deactivation, which means that radiofrequency ablation can give you the same results but on a semi-permanent basis.
If you have any type of infection or are currently pregnant, you can't have radiofrequency ablation at this time. If you have a blood clotting disorder, you may not be a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation. Dr. Chowdhury will work with you to find safe alternatives for your pain management.
Pain relief from radiofrequency ablation varies with each patient as the extent of nerve trauma varies with each patient. In general, you can expect around six-nine months of positive effects from your treatment. It's also possible that your results may last as little as three months or as much as a year and a half or more. You can have another radiofrequency ablation in the future if needed to extend the relief.
Dr. Chowdhury generally advises patients to rest until the next day. You can cautiously resume your normal routine but you may need to avoid strenuous activity for a few days.
Need long-term relief? Radiofrequency ablation might be right for you. Use the online booking or phone Center for Pain Management today for help.