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Radiofrequency ablation, a kind of catheter ablation destroys or ablates areas of the heart. These areas of the heart cause arrhythmias, or disturbances in the normal rhythm of the heartbeat. During radiofrequency ablation radio waves are used to "cauterize" the tiny part of the heart muscle causing the abnormal heart rhythm.
Unless directed otherwise by your doctor, you should avoid food or drink after midnight the night before the procedure, except for normal medications. Once at the lab, you will be given an IV in your hand or arm so that you can receive fluids and medications.
Radiofrequency ablation can be used to treat a wide variety of pain disorders, explains pain management specialist Dr. Christian Whitney. Watch this video to find out what it is and what kinds of pain it can be used for.
Radiofrequency ablation can treat headaches, neck pain, back pain, and foot pain. Radiofrequency ablation involves a radio wave that gets transmitted to the tip of a needle to create heat. This heat gently warms the affected nerve to reduce or eliminate pain.
During treatment, a probe is inserted under X-ray guidance and you’re placed under sedation for comfort. The procedure take about half an hour, can provide pain relief for up to a year, and is covered under most insurance. To try radiofrequency ablation, contact a board-certified fellowship-trained pain physician.
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Radiofrequency ablation uses high temperatures, not cold, to destroy tumors. With the procedure, a probe that emits a high radio frequency is guided to the tumor site. The radio frequency creates an intense heat that destroys the tumor.
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