Radiofrequency Ablations

Brain & Spine Specialists

Neurologists & Neurosurgeons located in Panama City, FL

When you’re living with neurological or spine pain, you may benefit from a radiofrequency ablation treatment to stop the pain signals traveling from between your brain and spine. The neurologists at Brain & Spine Specialists, with two locations in Panama City, Florida, offer this minimally invasive procedure to reduce neck, back, and sacroiliac joint pain. Call Brain & Spine Specialists or schedule an appointment online today.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q&A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that provides lasting relief for neck, back, and sacroiliac joint pain. The treatment delivers a pulse of radiofrequency waves to a malfunctioning nerve to stop pain signals from traveling to your brain. The neurologists at Brain & Spine Specialists often recommend radiofrequency ablation treatments for patients who have responded well to nerve block injections.

Why would I need radiofrequency ablation?

If you live with chronic pain in your back, neck, or sacroiliac joint that has not responded to pain medication, physical therapy, or other treatments, radiofrequency ablation may be right for you.

Your neurologist performs a variety of tests to identify the cause of your pain. If your pain is due to a nerve misfiring and sending pain signals and a nerve block provided temporary relief from your symptoms, radiofrequency ablation may give longer-lasting relief.

What happens during radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation treatments only take 15-45 minutes and are performed in the comfortable and convenient Brain & Spine Specialists offices in Panama City, Florida. Your neurologist begins by preparing you for the procedure. As you lie on an X-ray table, your doctor provides a local anesthetic to the treatment area.

When you’re ready, your doctor uses fluoroscopy — a special type of X-ray — to guide a thin, hollow needle to the malfunctioning nerve. You may feel some pressure while the doctor inserts the needle, but the local anesthetic should prevent you from feeling any pain.

Then, when the hollow needle is in place, your neurologist sends the radiofrequency current through the needle where it heats the nerve for approximately 90 seconds. The heat creates a small, precise burn that disrupts the pain signal. Your neurologist can treat several nerves during a single procedure.

You can get up, walk around, and go home after your radiofrequency ablation treatment. You should rest for the remainder of the day, but you can get back to your regular activities within 24-72 hours.

What are the benefits of radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation provides long-lasting relief from neurological pain. The procedure is minimally invasive, relatively quick, and requires little recovery time. It can also reduce your need for surgery or pain medication.

If you’re living with chronic pain and want to know if radiofrequency ablation is right for you, call Brain & Spine Specialists or make an appointment online today.