Thermal Radiofrequency Ablation
Traditional, thermal radiofrequency ablation (RFA), is used to treat chronic pain in various regions of the body, arthritis of the spine (spondylosis), and inflammation of the sacroiliac joint. During this procedure, needles are inserted into the affected area under fluoroscopic guidance.
Once in place, radiofrequency currents are sent through the needles, thereby disrupting the affected nerve’s ability to send pain signals to the brain. Some individuals may experience slight pain after the procedure but most experience relief within 10 days. Relief may last from 6 months to 2 years following thermal RFA! This treatment is only considered following a successful, diagnostic nerve block in the affected area.