Radiofrequency Ablation: A Breakthrough Pain Management Solution
RFA (Radiofrequency Ablation), an innovative minimally invasive procedure, uses controlled heat waves to intercept and neutralize pain signals. Pioneered by leaders such as Dr. Etelzon, a board-certified pain specialist, this procedure targets specific nerves responsible for debilitating pain to provide lasting relief without surgery. By precisely targeting radiofrequency energy to these nerves using RFA energy aimed at interrupting their transmission to the brain thereby relieving one from constant suffering and pain.
This medical breakthrough is led by eminent pain specialist Ilana Etelzon of New York City, known for her innovative treatments. Dr. Etelzon provides sanctuary to individuals suffering from different pain syndromes with RFA therapy treatments which ensure personalized, effective yet minimally invasive solutions tailored to every single one of her patients’ individual needs.
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) should be performed with several goals in mind:
- RFA can assist individuals by targeting nerves responsible for pain signals to restore normal mobility and functionality; helping individuals complete daily activities more comfortably and efficiently.
- RFA can reduce pain medication usage as it offers an alternative to long-term dependence on pain-relief drugs by targeting their source and relieving symptoms directly, often leading to less dependence and side effects from medications such as pain-killers.
- RFA may help avoid or delay surgery, offering non-invasive pain management solutions without surgery and giving individuals another way of relieving discomfort without more invasive measures or risky procedures.
Who Can Benefit From Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA): Determining Potential Candidates
- Radiofrequency Ablation offers hope to those suffering from chronic pain conditions.
- Potential RFA candidates would include individuals who:
- Experience chronic back pain that limits their quality of life.
- Have explored conservative pain treatments without finding significant relief.
- Suffer from limited mobility due to chronic discomfort.
- Search alternatives to invasive surgical procedures for relief; encounter persistent post-back surgery discomfort.
Usually conducted in a doctor’s office, this minimally-invasive process unfolds over several steps:
- Consultation and Diagnosis: Dr. Etelzon provides comprehensive assessments to examine symptoms and medical histories in order to make an accurate diagnosis, which candidates are fully briefed about prior to their procedure.
- Insertion: Utilizing fluoroscopy, an insulated needle is carefully navigated toward any affected nerves in the spine for pinpoint precision insertion.
- Radiofrequency Ablation: Dr. Etelzon deploys an electrode through the needle, sending precisely calibrated radiofrequency waves that generate heat, effectively interrupting pain signals.
In certain instances, multiple nerves can be treated simultaneously in order to maximize its overall efficacy and ensure maximum recovery from this procedure. Following their procedure, patients receive comprehensive aftercare instructions including follow-up appointments to facilitate optimal recovery and long-term pain relief.
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How Painful is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is usually considered minimally painful thanks to local anesthesia; though patients may experience discomfort during RFA procedures. The local anesthetic may be applied locally in order to numb the area in which RFA will take place and reduce pain significantly during its performance. While receiving RFA treatments, patients may feel mild pressure or discomfort at the site where needle is inserted; this discomfort should dissipate rapidly. Also, patients might experience some mild soreness or discomfort after their procedure; this pain relief typically subsides over several days and usually doesn’t need prescription.
How Long Does a Radiofrequency Ablation Last?
RFA procedures typically produce immediate to four to six weeks’ worth of pain relief following treatment, though individual experiences may differ. Although RFA does not target its root source of discomfort directly, it effectively lowers pain signals from affected joints to provide significant comfort relief to most of its recipients.
Choosing Dr. Ilana Etelzon means trusting a highly experienced surgeon who can formulate a treatment plan that’s practical, effective, and personalized. Let Dr. Etelzon help you achieve better mobility and less pain by scheduling a consultation today.