What is radiofrequency lesioning?
Radiofrequency lesioning also referred to as radiofrequency ablation is a technique that has been practiced since the 1970s. The use of heat generated by radio waves is used to target specific nerves or nerve groups and turn off their ability to transmit pain signals to the brain.
Is radiofrequency Lesioning same as radiofrequency ablation?
Radiofrequency Lesioning (RFL), also known as Radiofrequency Ablation or Radiofrequency Degeneration is a minimally invasive procedure performed to reduce and eliminate back pain and neck pain that is caused by degeneration of the facet joints (Arthritis and Osteoarthritis).
How long does lumbar radiofrequency ablation last?
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.
What is a Lesioning procedure?
Radiofrequency lesioning is a procedure in which special needles are used to create lesions along selected nerves. The needles heat the nerve to 80°C (about the temperature of hot, not boiling, water). When this heat is applied to the nerve for about 2-3 minutes, the nerve stops carrying pain signals.
How long does it take for radiofrequency ablation to start working?
For many people, pain relief will start to kick in around 10 days after having the procedure. However, for some people, it can take up to two or three weeks after the procedure for noticeable relief to begin.
When is radiofrequency ablation used?
Radiofrequency ablation, or RFA, is a minimally invasive technique that shrinks the size of tumors, nodules or other growths in the body. RFA is used to treat a range of conditions, including benign and malignant tumors, chronic venous insufficiency in the legs, as well as chronic back and neck pain.
Is lumbar ablation painful?
It’s not uncommon to feel some discomfort, superficial burning pain, or hypersensitivity in the area of the procedure. Some patients describe the feeling as similar to a sunburn. On average, this pain lasts no longer than 1 to 2 weeks after the procedure.