Radiofrequency Ablation

What Is Radiofrequency Ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation uses an electric current to heat up a small area of nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals. It can provide lasting relief for people with chronic pain, especially in the lower back, neck and arthritic joints.

How Is Radiofrequency Ablation Performed?

First, you’ll be given an intravenous medication to relax you. Then, you’ll lie on your stomach or back on an x-ray table.

The doctor will numb an area of your skin with a local anesthetic. Then, he or she will:

  • Insert a thin needle into the area where you feel pain; an x-ray can help your doctor pinpoint the exact area
  • Insert a microelectrode through the needle; your doctor will ask if you feel a tingling sensation; this helps your doctor identify the right area for treatment
  • Send a small radiofrequency current through the electrode to heat your nerve tissue

Usually, after the procedure you can go home the same day.

Our team is here for you

We offer the best, least invasive and least aggressive options to relieve your pain and symptoms so you can get back to the life you love. Atlantic Orthopaedic Pain Management Care Team has convenient locations in Virginia Beach, Norfolk and Chesapeake.