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Radiofrequency Ablation of Facet Joints
Long-Term Pain Relief Treatments in Dallas: Radiofrequency Ablation
Are you seeking long-term relief from chronic pain? Consider Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA), a cutting-edge procedure available in Dallas that targets pain fibers in facet joints, sacroiliac joints, or other small nerve locations. Unlike temporary solutions such as local anesthetic or steroid injections, RFA can provide lasting comfort.
About Radiofrequency Ablation
RFA utilizes an electric current to produce heat that destroys specific pain fibers, halting the transmission of pain signals to the brain. It’s an outpatient procedure requiring only local anesthetic and mild sedation, making it a more straightforward and less risky alternative to open surgery.
Benefits of Radiofrequency Ablation
- Long-lasting Relief: Can provide pain relief for up to two years.
- Reduced Complications: Lower risk compared to surgical options.
- Enhanced Mobility: Greater range of motion and improved quality of life.
- Decreased Medication: Less dependence on pain medication.
- Quick Recovery: Short recovery time and appreciable pain relief.
- Safety: Low morbidity rates.
What Happens During the Procedure?
- Preparation: The patient is positioned for optimal visualization of the target nerves, and the skin is cleaned with antibacterial soap.
- Anesthesia: A small area of skin is numbed with local anesthetic, causing brief stinging.
- Guidance: Using x-ray guidance, a small needle is directed near the specific nerve to be treated.
- Confirmation: Stimulation tests and communication with the patient confirm the needle’s correct location.
- Nerve Test: The nerve is tested to ensure the surrounding muscles are not affected.
- Ablation: The nerve is numbed, and ablation is performed, followed by an injection of local anesthetic and a steroid to prevent inflammation.
After the Procedure
- Recovery Room: Patients are monitored briefly after the procedure.
- Normal Activities: Patients can resume regular activities, though driving is discouraged on the day of the procedure.
- Pain Flare: An increase in pain for 2-3 days after the procedure is common but not a cause for alarm.
- Follow-up: A follow-up appointment is scheduled to assess the response to the treatment.
At our Dallas facility, we specialize in pain relief treatments that can substantially improve your daily life. Get in touch with us today to learn more about Radiofrequency Ablation and other innovative pain management solutions. Let us help you take the first step towards a life free from chronic pain.