When you’re looking for effective pain management solutions, radiofrequency procedures can offer serious relief. At The Pain Relief Center in Bay City and Lake Jackson, Texas, Ajay Aggarwal, MD, and his experienced team of pain management specialists provide the most advanced and minimally invasive solutions to restore your function and reduce discomfort. To see if a radiofrequency procedure could be the answer you’ve been searching for, call The Pain Relief Center or schedule an appointment online today.
Radiofrequency procedures use targeted amounts of heat to kill unwanted tissue. There are different types of radiofrequency procedures, including radiofrequency ablation and radiofrequency lesioning:
During this treatment, your provider inserts a special probe directly into your tissue in the treatment site. This probe has small curved electrodes that can reach the targeted tissue.
Once in place, your provider delivers radiofrequency energy through the electrodes to heat the nearby tissue. When it reaches the ideal temperature, it destroys the target tissue within a few minutes.
This treatment uses a specialized computer-controlled machine that interferes with nerve signals to reduce your pain or other related symptoms. Radiofrequency lesioning can provide relief for 3-18 months.
Dr. Aggarwal and his team might recommend a radiofrequency procedure to provide relief for several conditions, including:
Your provider might also suggest a radiofrequency procedure to treat upper or lower back pain, neck pain, or headaches caused by herniated discs.
Radiofrequency procedures are usually relatively quick outpatient appointments. To keep you comfortable, Dr. Aggarwal and his team usually administer a mild sedative to make you drowsy as well as a local anesthetic in your treatment site.
Using X-ray guidance, your provider inserts the radiofrequency tool into the precise location for treatment. As they deliver energy to the tissue, you may notice a slight tingling, but there’s no pain during the procedure.
Most radiofrequency procedures take between 60-90 minutes, and you’ll need a ride home because of your sedative.
After having a radiofrequency procedure, you should avoid strenuous exertion for at least 24 hours. In most cases, you can slowly introduce regular activity within a few days.
It’s common to have some tenderness at your treatment site, as well as muscle spasms for a week or so after your procedure.
For more information on radiofrequency procedures and how they can help with pain management, call The Pain Relief Center or schedule an appointment online today.