What is a
Radiofrequency Ablation?

Procedure Length


10 - 25 minutes

Incision Size


No incision

Patient Home Same Day


Outpatient procedure

What is a radiofrequency ablation?

During a radiofrequency ablation procedure, the physician inserts a small needle into the general area where the pain is present. A fluoroscope (x-ray) helps the physician guide the needle to the target area. A microelectrode is then inserted through the needle to stimulate the nerve, and a small radiofrequency current heats the tissue to relieve the pain.

Graphic of: Spinal Cord, Vertebra, Inflamed Nerve Root, Facet Joint, Electrode Heats Nerve, Cannula and Electrode

How Long Does Pain Relief From RFA Last?

The degree of pain relief varies and in most cases we see relief lasting from 6 to 12 months. In some cases, pain relief can last for years.

Used To Treat These Conditions

A spinal disc that is damaged, causing back pain and other problems.

The soft cushion-like discs between vertebrae begin to deteriorate and the outer wall becomes brittle and weak.

When a bone in the spine slips forward and out of place, it’s known as spondylolisthesis.

Lumbar and Cervical Sprain/Strain (Whiplash)

How Will I Feel After Surgery?

The majority of patients will notice immediate improvement of some or all of their symptoms while other symptoms may improve more gradually. A positive attitude and following your doctor’s post-surgery instructions will contribute to a satisfactory outcome. Most patients return to their regular activities within a few weeks.

*The Radiofrequency Ablation procedure is recognized by the American Medical Association.

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