At Unique Pain Medicine of New York, we offer Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) as a highly effective treatment option for moderate to severe arthritis and spondylosis. This simple office based procedure can decrease pain and stiffness, increase mobility, and improve quality of life.
We are in network to most health insurance plans and offer same day appointments and treatments.
We offer Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) in our Manhattan and Brooklyn locations.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a safe, minimally invasive procedure which aims to reduce back pain, neck pain, headaches, and knee pain secondary to the degeneration of joints and arthritis. An electrical current produced by radio waves provides heat to a small area of nerve tissue. This significantly deceases pain and improves mobility and function.
Dr. Mila Mogilevsky, D.O. talks about Radio-Frequency Ablations
Dr. Mila Mogilevsky, medical director of Unique Pain Medicine, talks about Radio-frequency Ablation.
The Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Procedure
Radiofrequency ablation is a safe, minimally invasive office based procedure that is performed by a pain management physician to relieve back pain, neck pain, headaches, and knee pain. It typically takes 30 minutes. It can be done with local anesthesia, or IV sedation for comfort if desired. It is generally not painful and well tolerated. After numbing the skin with local anesthesia, a small needle is inserted next to the affected joint with X-ray guidance (fluoroscopy). After proper placement of the needle is confirmed, an electrode is inserted through the needle, which will provide heat to the affected area. Each targeted area is heated for 90 seconds. The needle is then withdraw, and a band aid is applied. Heat interrupts the damaged pain pathway, causing a substantial reduction in pain, improved range of motion, improved activity level and quality of life. Patients may return to work the next day. It typically takes 4-6 weeks after a RFA to see full results.
Typical Benefits Of Radiofrequency Ablation
- Long lasting substantial pain relief.
- Improved range of motion and mobility.
- Short recovery time.
- Reduction in pain medication consumption.
- May be an alternative to surgery.
Is Radiofrequency ablation covered by insurance?
Yes, Radiofrequency Ablation is covered by all health plans.
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. Gentle heat is applied near the nerves, and this helps decrease pain from moderate to severe knee osteoarthritis. There is minimal recovery time and no incisions are needed. Pain relief tends to be substantial, with over 80% reduction in symptoms and improvement in function.
Conditions Treated With Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency Ablation is a highly successful treatment utilized for a variety of conditions including:
- Low back pain.
- Neck and back pain related to arthritis.
- Facet joint arthritis/arthropathy.
- Chronic neck pain.
- Chronic cervicogenic headaches.
- Knee osteoarthritis.
- 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.