Radiofrequency Ablation in Kalamazoo, MI
What is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Is chronic back, neck, or joint pain interfering with your work and lifestyle? You may want to consider radiofrequency ablation, a non-invasive outpatient procedure that attacks pain at its source. Radiofrequency therapy is effective for a wide variety of chronic pain conditions that may reduce or relieve many types of pain without the risk of surgery or the potentially dangerous side effects of pharmaceuticals.
How Does Radiofrequency Ablation Work?
Radiofrequency ablation, also known as rhizotomy or neurotomy, has been used as a pain treatment for more than 25 years. Over the years medical advances in nervous system function have helped make the treatment remarkably easy on the patient while showing consistent and long-lasting pain relief. This treatment is available for a huge array of painful conditions. Recent studies show radiofrequency ablation is especially useful for treating sacroiliac and lumbar facet joint point.1
Guided by x-ray imaging, your doctor inserts a needle into the affected pain site. This needle transmits a small amount of electric current directly to the spinal nerve endings that send pain signals. The current heats the nerve, disabling its ability to send pain signals to your brain without causing damage to the nerve itself or the surrounding tissue.
What Can I Expect from My Procedure?
The procedure is done in the comfort of our clinic and typically takes about 45 minutes. A small dose of IV sedation is often administered prior to and during the procedure. A mild local anesthetic eliminates discomfort and allows our practitioners to work with you to pinpoint the source of your pain.
This procedure requires very little downtime, though we recommend you spend the rest of the day relaxing. You should be able to resume normal activity the day after your treatment and begin enjoying months of pain relief.
This procedure can be performed safely multiple times. As with all medical procedures, results vary from patient to patient. Speak with your practitioner to discuss your specific condition, medical history, and expectations.
Reserve Your Appointment Today
Chronic joint, back, or neck pain doesn’t have to control your life. Radiofrequency ablation is a cutting-edge procedure that can give you long-term pain relief without the risks or side effects of surgery or pharmaceuticals.
To learn how radiofrequency ablation can reduce or eliminate your painful condition, speak with a radiofrequency ablation specialist in Kalamazoo today by calling (616) 226-9637 or contact Dr. Naveed Naeem online.
1. Leggett, Laura E, et al. “Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Low Back Pain: A Systematic Review of Randomized Controlled Trials.” Pain Research and Management, vol. 19, no. 5, 2014, doi:10.1155/2014/834369.
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