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Radiofrequency Ablation

Relieve Chronic Pain with Minimally Invasive Procedure

There are numerous things that can cause nerve damage: a sports injury, automobile accident or an illness, disease or other medical condition. Damage to nerves can cause a host of problems, including chronic pain, muscle spasms, and sensitivity to temperature changes. Even if the nerve damage is irreparable, however, you don’t have cope with the pain on a daily basis. The pain management specialists at miVIP offer a number of minimally invasive procedures that can relieve chronic pain caused by nerve damage.

Commonly referred to as RFA, radiofrequency ablation is one of the most popular minimally invasive treatment options. It is a safe and effective way to reduce chronic lower back and neck pain caused by:

  • Herniated discs
  • Cervical degenerative disc disease
  • Cervical osteoarthritis
  • Isthemic spondylolisthesis

Ablation therapy can also be used to help relieve pain in other parts of the body caused by degenerative arthritis or bone tumors.

How Radiofrequency Ablation Works

Our physicians perform RFA using the latest imaging techniques to determine which nerves are damaged and are the source of your pain. A physician then uses a fluoroscope to insert and guide a needle to the damaged nerves. An electric current is then transmitted through the needle to generate heat and deaden the nerves. The radiofrequency electric current only flows for about 90 seconds.

While most patients are comfortable using a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the procedure, others prefer to be sedated. Either way, you may be required to have another person drive you home from your RFA appointment.

Pain Management Specialists Make the Difference

The physicians at miVIP are experienced in the different types of pain management, including ablation therapy. They have the knowledge and skills to perform the minimally invasive procedure with state-of-the-art technologies, while at the same time delivering care and comfort to patients.

What to Expect After the Procedure

Radiofrequency ablation is considered a minimally invasive same-day procedure. Most patients can return to their normal routine the next day as there are very few complications associated with the procedure. Common side effects include:

  • Mild discomfort in back: Experiencing some discomfort including swelling and bruising at the site is normal; icing the area the day of the procedure and applying moist heat the following day will help to ease the discomfort.
  • Numbness in legs: Some patients experience numbness in their legs from the local anesthesia for a few hours after RFA. Be sure to have someone help you walk if this occurs.

Severe pain or prolonged weakness in the legs is not normal. If you experience either of these symptoms, contact your physician immediately.

Payment Options

As with any medical procedure, the exact cost will vary based on the type of insurance coverage a patient has. Some carriers may require that a certain deductible is met before they will cover the cost, while others simply pay a set percentage of the procedure. To get a better idea of what expenses you will be responsible for, please contact one of our patient advocates at miVIP for free benefit verification and insurance pre-authorization.

Get Long Lasting Results with RFA

Those who are good candidates for RFA typically experience pain relief ranging anywhere from 6 to 12 months, but some patients experience years of relief. To learn more about the benefits of radiofrequency ablation and find out if it is the right option for you, contact the pain management specialist at miVIP Las Vegas at 877-956-2263.

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