• Radio Frequency Ablation (RFA)

    These procedures can be performed in the neck, thoracic area, lumbar or sacral region. RFA is treatment that uses heat to destroy the nerve near a problem joint. This procedure helps to keep pain impulses from traveling to the brain and helps to relieve the patient’s symptoms. RFA is performed after pain relief is obtained following a diagnostic block. RFA is done under fluoroscopic guidance and a contrast dye may be injected into the affected area to help get a better image. During the procedure, a probe is placed by way of the skin and the proper stimulation occurs. Once the probe is placed near the nerve, it is heated to 80 degrees Celsius for 90 seconds. RFA will provide a semi-permanent cure as the nerve fiber will restore itself usually within 12 months.

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