So, many friends have been asking about me, and my back and I thank you all for your concern. Rather than keep you all in suspense I thought I’d share the good news. I am having a Radio Frequency Ablasion done on October 28th at 9:00 a.m. Dr, Tsang at Mercy Hospital is going to perform this procedure, and I cannot wait. I’ve about had it with this stupid back of mine, and it’s time to throw this pain away & when it’s done I told the hubby we’re going out to BOOGIE! It’s been so long and I really want to soooooo bad! Promise I won’t over do, but going out to dance is LONG over due!
***This was googled by me for you to explain better then I can this procedure. Hugs to you all and thanks for your concern. Now all I ask is for a few prayers on that day that everything goes smoothly!
Radiofrequency ablation (or RFA) is a procedure used to reduce pain. An electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area.
Which Conditions Are Treated With Radiofrequency Ablation?
RFA can be used to help patients with chronic (long-lasting) low-back and neck pain and pain related to the degeneration of joints from arthritis.
How Long Does Pain Relief From Radiofrequency Ablation Last?
The degree of pain relief varies, depending on the cause and location of the pain. Pain relief from RFA can last from six to 12 months and in some cases, relief can last for years. More than 70% of patients treated with RFA experience pain relief.
Is Radiofrequency Ablation Safe?
RFA has proven to be a safe and effective way to treat some forms of pain. It also is generally well-tolerated, with very few associated complications. There is a slight risk of infection and bleeding at the insertion site. Your doctor can advise you about your particular risk.
What Are the Side Effects of Radiofrequency Ablation?
The main side effect of RFA is some discomfort, including swelling and bruising, at the site of the treatment, but this generally goes away after a few days.
What Happens During Radio frequency Ablation?
You will meet with a doctor for an evaluation. If a radio frequency ablation is recommended, a doctor will explain the procedure in detail, including possible complications and side effects.
The doctor will also answer any questions you may have.
An intravenous (IV) line may be placed in a vein in your arm before the procedure and a local anesthetic and mild sedative may be used to reduce any discomfort during RFA. You will be awake during the process to aid in properly assessing the procedure.