Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a safe, minimally invasive procedure which aims to reduce back pain, neck pain, headaches, and knee pain related to the degeneration of joints from arthritis.
An electrical current produced by a radio wave heats a small area of nerve tissue and decreases pain signals in the targeted area.
Dr. Mila Mogilevsky talks about Radio-Frequency Ablations
Dr. Mila Mogilevsky, our medical director talks about Radio-frequency Ablation.
The Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Procedure
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive office based procedure that is performed by a pain management specialist to relieve back pain, neck pain, cervicogenic headaches, and knee pain. It typically takes 30 minutes. It can be done with local anesthesia, or IV sedation for comfort if desired. After numbing the skin with local anesthesia, a small needle is inserted next to the involved joint with X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy). After proper placement of the needle is confirmed, a local anesthetic is injected. An electrode is inserted which will provide heat to the joint. The needle is then withdraw, and a band aid is applied. The procedure is not painful. It typically takes 4-6 weeks to see results, which includes substantial reduction in pain, improved range of motion and improved activity level and quality of life. Results are expected to last anywhere between 9 months to 1.5 years. Patients may return to work the next day.
Typical Benefits Of Radiofrequency Ablation
- Longer lasting pain relief in comparison to steroid injections.
- Reduction or relief of pain.
- Improved range of motion.
- Short recovery time.
- Reduction in pain medication.
- Decreases the pain from severe knee arthritis without needing a knee replacement.
RadioFrequency Ablation Candidacy
Dr. Mila Mogilevsky talks about proper candidacy for Radio-Frequency Ablation. Are you the right candidate?
Radiofrequency Ablation On The Knee
Dr. Mila Mogilevsky discusses the benefits of Radio-Frequency Ablation for knee pain.
When Radiofrequency Ablation is performed on the knee, the procedure is done via small needles around the knee capsule. Three needles are inserted around the outside of the knee near the genicular nerves. These nerves are then ablated to help decrease pain from moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. There is minimal recovery time and no incisions needed for long-term pain relief.
Conditions Treated With Radiofrequency Ablation
At first, Radiofrequency Ablation was used primarily to treat lumbar facet joint pain, bone spurs, and tumors. It is now utilized for a variety of conditions including:
- Lumbar degenerative disc disease.
- Neck and back pain related to arthritis.
- Facet joint arthritis/arthropathy.
- Chronic neck pain.
- Cervical degenerative disc disease.
- Knee osteoarthritis (OA) and degeneration.
- Sacroiliac joint pain.
If you’re seeking help for pain management, please contact us to schedule a detailed evaluation at 929-363-0303 or book your appointment online today.