Chronic pain can be one of the most challenging medical conditions to treat, simply because it can have so many causes, and can be hard to alleviate.
This is why people with chronic pain often suffer for years and undergo complicated surgeries or use potentially addictive prescription painkillers without ever finding long-term relief.
But there are alternatives and real solutions to chronic pain. At ACellerated Interventional Orthopedics, we focus on modern and minimally invasive treatments that work to help treat your specific chronic pain with as much care and success as possible.
And one of the many patient-tailored treatments that we use is Radiofrequency Ablation. Curious about this treatment and how it could potentially work for you? Read on to uncover what you need to know.
What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency Ablation uses an electrical current produced by a radio wave to target a small area of nerve tissue and decrease the pain signals to the brain from that specific and affected area. The procedure is quick and generally pain-free. It also does not require an invasive surgery or overnight hospital visit.
What Is Radiofrequency Ablation Used For?
We use it to treat patients who suffer from varying forms of chronic pain, and particularly for patients who have chronic pain in their:
- Other joints
How Safe Is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Multiple studies have proven this treatment to be completely safe, and it also surpasses other treatments in terms of risks and possible side effects.
Complications rarely arise from Radiofrequency Ablation, although your doctor will review any considerations with you before the procedure.
What Happens Before Radiofrequency Ablation?
Your medical team at ACellerated Interventional Orthopedics will review all of the details of what to expect during Radiofrequency Ablation.
But generally, you may not be able to eat in the hours leading up to the procedure, and you may require a few tests beforehand to ensure it is safe to proceed.
What Happens Afterward?
The recovery time for Radiofrequency Ablation is quite short. And, you will likely be discharged shortly after your procedure. We allow time for recovery and observation to ensure everything has gone smoothly.
How Long Does the Pain Relief Last?
After the treatment, the degree and extent of pain relief can vary. However, in general, long-term pain relief can last anywhere from 6-12 months to years.
One study found after the procedure more than 70% of patients said they had “significant” pain relief for at least six months.
How Can I Tell If Radiofrequency Ablation Is Right for Me?
Determining if this treatment is right for you starts with a consultation with the professional and caring team at ACellerated Interventional Orthopedics.
We’ll work with you every step of the way to garner an in-depth understanding of your condition. We will provide the best course of treatment possible. With decades of experience at the ready, we’ll ensure that you find relief without disrupting your everyday life.