Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is Radiofrequency?

Radiofrequency is a safe and effective technique used in pain management to desensitize specific nerves and reduce pain impulses using radiowaves. It is used to treat certain neck, arm, back or leg pain problems after the cause of the pain has been identified.

Who is a candidate for radiofrequency?  

People with persistent neck, arm, back or leg pain, with specific nerves or joints that have been identified as causing their pain. Diagnostic blocks, with local anesthetic, have been performed prior to the use of radiofrequency to ensure that the correct origin of the pain is located.

How is radiofrequency performed? 

Radiofrequency is performed on an outpatient basis with the availability of monitoring and sedation. After sterilizing the area, a small amount of local anesthetic is used to numb the skin. Small needles are then placed through the numb area to the desired locations using special realtime x-ray (fluoroscopy) to ensure precise placement. A probe, attached to a radiofrequency generator, is passed through the needle and produces radiowaves that desensitize the desired nerves. The procedure itself takes less than 30 minutes, followed by a short observation period.

For more information on radiofrequency, talk with your Premier Pain practitioner, or call our clinical department at 732-380-0200.