Certain types of chronic pain can be treated with radiofrequency ablation (RFA), a minimally invasive medical technique. A tiny electrode is implanted during the operation, which employs radio waves to create heat and kill the nerve tissue that is causing the pain. Pain alleviation that lasts for several months or longer is the result of this. RFA is frequently employed to treat ailments like arthritis, back pain, and neck pain. In comparison to more intrusive surgical procedures, the technique is frequently selected because it is typically safe and well-tolerated. RFA is frequently done as an outpatient surgery, and patients can usually get back to their regular routines right away.
To develop a heat lesion, a radio wave's electrical current heats a small patch of nerve tissue. Because of the ensuing lesion, the nerve's ability to communicate with the brain and transmit pain signals is compromised. Before the operation, a vein in your arm may be utilized to insert an intravenous (IV) line. A local anesthetic may also be administered to lessen any discomfort during RFA.
The process of stimulation is started by inserting a small needle into the general location of the patient's pain and a microelectrode through the needle. By heating the lesions in the surrounding tissue with a small radiofrequency current, the electrode blocks pain signals. A recovery interval is preferred, and the quick treatment could take between 15 and 45 minutes.
One to three weeks following the injection, pain alleviation from RFA is usually seen. It is suggested to take a few days off from exercise and then resume it gradually. Also, it is advised to avoid strenuous activity for the first 24 hours after the treatment.
To lessen persistent back, neck, knee, or hip pain that hasn't subsided despite medicine or physical therapy, or in cases when surgery isn't an option. The most common conditions for which it has been utilized are facet-mediated arial back pain, chronic neck pain following whiplash, and chronic headache syndrome brought on by occipital and trigeminal neuralgia.
2.Procedures in which a needle electrode is inserted into the tumor's location through the skin.
3.Through a tiny skin incision, needle electrodes in a thin plastic tube are threaded during laparoscopic surgery.