A radio frequency facet ablation (or RFA) is a procedure commonly used to treat severe and chronic pain. During the procedure, an electrical current produced by a radio wave is used to heat a specific nerve, thereby eliminating pain signals from that specific area.
Do I Need a Radio Frequency Facet Ablation?
During the natural aging process, the elements that make up the spine begin to degenerate. For a larger percentage of adults, that also includes the development of arthritis in the spine, or osteoarthritis. Arthritis in the spine can cause patients to experience chronic pain. Our radio frequency facet ablation is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure in which our skilled physicians are able to deaden the nerves that are causing your pain.
Symptoms treated by our radio frequency facet ablation may include:
- Localized pain
- Radiating pain
If you are living with the symptoms commonly associated with arthritis of the spine, you may be a candidate for our radio frequency facet ablation.
Will a Radio Frequency Facet Ablation Cure my Condition?
Though there is no “cure” for arthritis of the spine, our minimally invasive radio frequency facet ablation is able to treat the associated symptoms and pain caused by your arthritis. During the procedure, our skilled physicians are able to locate and isolate the impacted nerve, deadening them to prohibit the sending of pain signals. This often offers patient’s considerable relief.
The Minimally Invasive Spine Institute Approach
At the Minimally Invasive Spine Institute we know that living in pain ruins your quality of life, which is why we craft each patient’s experience to their specific needs, exploring both conservative and surgical options together to create a unique treatment plan. Our minimally invasive radio frequency facet ablation is an effective outpatient alternative to more invasive procedures, allowing patients to get back to their daily activities.
Dr. Bryce Benbow has either authored or reviewed and approved this content.