What is Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation?
Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation (Cooled RF) is a new minimally invasive, non-narcotic out-patient treatment option that may treat and relieve chronic pain without surgery. In this advanced procedure cooled radiofrequency energy is used to quickly and safely target the sensory nerves that cause pain and shut off the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
Read on to learn more about cooled radiofrequency in Los Angeles, or schedule a consultation with our experts today.
What Conditions are Treated with Cooled Radiofrequency?
Cooled RF can be used to treat a number of conditions such as:
- Cervical Joint Pain
- Thoracic Facet Joint Pain
- Lumbar Pain
- Genicular Neurotomy
- Discogenic Pain
- Sacroliliac Joint Syndrome
- Hip osteoarthritis (OA) or joint pain
- Chronic knee osteoarthritis (OA)
How does Cooled Radiofrequency Work?
In Cooled RF sterile circulating water is passed through an electrode that is inserted near the irritated nerves while heating nervous tissue. As the electrode is heated it cools a small area of nervous tissue, decreasing the pain signals from that immediate area.
By using Cooled RF our neurologists can increase the amount of power delivered to the nervous tissue thereby increasing the size of the ablation compared to the volume of treated tissue from conventional radiofrequency ablation. This in turn decreases the length of the procedure and increases the success of the procedure.
Benefits of Cooled Radiofrequency
Cooled RF is a minimally invasive, safe, effective means of controlling pain in a variety of areas. For those who are not candidates for surgery, the advanced form of radiofrequency ablation is an important treatment option to reduce or eliminate chronic pain. The neurologists at our office use Cooled RF to treat a variety of chronic pain conditions. If you suffer from chronic pain and need a specialist contact one of our neurologists to schedule an appointment 310-829-5968.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Cooled RF does not require an incision. After the procedure, some may experience mild discomfort at the treatment site. However, this discomfort can be easily treated with medication during recovery. Most patients can return to work one or two days after the procedure.
How Long is the Procedure?
In general, Cooled RF is an outpatient procedure that takes less than one hour to perform, while the results may last up to 2 years. This length of pain relief will vary from person to person and is based on two factors: where Cooled RF is used and what caused the pain.
Occasionally, the nerves responsible for sending pain signals to your brain may regenerate faster than the majority of patients. If this occurs, Cooled RF treatment can be performed again.
Please schedule a consultation with our experts if you would like to learn more about cooled radiofrequency ablation in Los Angeles.