How Is a Radiofrequency Ablation Done?

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Radiofrequency Ablation is done by a fellowship trained interventional pain physician who's preferentially board certified. It's done either in a hospital or an outpatient setting that must have the capacity of having fluoroscopy which is basically an x-ray machine which allows us to do the radiofrequency procedure safely.

Radiofrequency procedure's been done for many years, there has been recent advances in its technology but it's a procedure that's done typically in 30 minutes or less, it has hardly any down-time. Patients are discharged and usually return to work the next day. When the procedure is performed, what a patient can expect is for them to come into the pain treatments center, where they're examined by a nurse and their history is again taken.

We make sure that you're ready for the surgery, we bring you into the procedure room, you lay on the table, standard monitors are applied to you to ensure that you are safe. A small IV is then inserted and this IV allows us to give you some mild sedation to make this procedure comfortable for you.

Once you're properly sedated, this is when the physician will use the x-ray machine to identify exactly where he needs to go with the most precision and accuracy. Once that is done the area is cleansed and prepped as in any sterile procedure, drips are applied and the procedure is done also under also some local anaesthesia.

There is hardly any pain involved in this procedure, there is additional testing that's done during the procedure that your doctor can discuss with you to ensure that the needles are even more accurately placed but then the needles are removed. Again this is typically done in less than one-half an hours' time and patients can return to work the next day.