Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) Tulsa, OK

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What Is Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a minimally invasive procedure used to relieve chronic pain by targeting and interrupting the transmission of pain signals from specific nerves. It is commonly used to manage pain originating from the facet joints in the spine, which can occur due to conditions such as arthritis or injury.

During the radiofrequency ablation procedure, a specialized needle or probe is inserted into the target area under fluoroscopic (X-ray) guidance. The needle delivers radiofrequency energy to the nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals. This energy heats up the nerve tissue, creating a lesion that disrupts the nerve’s ability to send pain signals to the brain.

The goal of radiofrequency ablation is to provide long-lasting pain relief by effectively “turning off” the targeted nerves. The procedure is typically performed on an outpatient basis and may involve the use of local anesthesia or mild sedation to minimize discomfort.

Radiofrequency ablation is considered a safe and effective treatment option for managing chronic pain, particularly in cases where conservative treatments such as medication or physical therapy have been ineffective. The duration of pain relief varies from person to person but can last from several months to a year or more in some cases. If pain returns, the procedure can be repeated as needed.

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation Used to Treat?

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is primarily used to treat chronic pain conditions that originate from the spine or other areas of the body. Some common conditions and areas where RFA may be used include:

  • Facet joint pain
  • Chronic back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Sciatica
  • Peripheral nerve pain
  • Joint pain
  • Cancer pain

How Can You Learn More?

Memorial Pain Clinic is here to help you achieve a better quality of life. Let us help you take control of your pain today! Please contact us to schedule your visit and ask any questions you have.

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