Radiofrequency Ablation

If you experience chronic back and neck pain or you’re living with arthritis, radiofrequency ablation provides a safe and minimally invasive treatment option. At Trident Pain Management, pain management specialist Naumit Bhandari, MD, and the team use radiofrequency ablation to provide lasting relief to adults and teens suffering from chronic pain. To make an appointment at the practice in San Antonio, Shavano Park, Texas, call the office today or request one online.

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Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that treats chronic pain. Specifically, it uses an electric current to heat up a group of nerves. That heat stops the nerves from sending pain signals to your brain, providing relief.

How does radiofrequency ablation work?

Radiofrequency ablation is a relatively quick, outpatient procedure. On the day of your appointment, the team administers anesthesia intravenously and has you lie down on your back or stomach on an exam table.

Once you’re comfortable, your provider inserts a thin needle into the area where you experience pain. They might use diagnostic imaging technology, like ultrasound or fluoroscopy, to guide the needle into the proper position.

Next, your provider inserts a small electrode through the needle. Then, they send an electric current through the electrode to heat up your nerve tissue. Once your appointment is over, have a friend or family member drive you home.

What is recovery like after radiofrequency ablation?

Following radiofrequency ablation at Trident Pain Management, it’s important to rest and avoid strenuous movement or exercise for at least 24 hours. You can return to work, school, or other routine activities the next day.

Is radiofrequency ablation effective?

Radiofrequency ablation is quite effective and boasts a proven track record of success. The amount of relief the treatment provides depends on several factors, including the cause and location of your pain. Still, most people experience significant relief that lasts for six months to a year and sometimes longer.

If you notice your symptoms coming back, don’t hesitate to schedule a follow-up with the team at Trident Pain Management.

Am I a candidate for radiofrequency ablation?

To determine if you’re a candidate for radiofrequency ablation, your Trident Pain Management provider conducts a physical exam and asks about your symptoms, including their severity and when they first started.

Typically, the team recommends conservative treatments like ice, rest, and physical therapy. If these steps don’t make a difference, you’ll likely benefit from radiofrequency ablation.

To learn more about radiofrequency ablation and to see if you qualify, make an appointment at Trident Pain Management by calling the office today or clicking the online scheduling tool.