If you struggle with chronic pain that’s not tamed by conservative medical care, it’s time to talk with the experienced team at Daniel Loder, MD, about radiofrequency ablation. The team performs radiofrequency ablation at their offices in Beverly Hills, Torrance, and Manhattan Beach, California, using the treatment to stop nerves from transmitting pain signals. To learn more about how radiofrequency ablation can alleviate your pain, call your nearest Los Angeles area office or book an appointment online.
Radiofrequency (RF) ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves severe and chronic pain. During the procedure, your provider uses RF energy to create a wound on one or more specific nerves.
The wound stops pain signals from traveling through the nerve, effectively preventing the nerve transmission from reaching your brain. Your pain is significantly diminished when your brain doesn’t get the message.
Your pain relief is also long-term, with the results typically lasting 9-24 months, and sometimes longer. If the nerve regrows, which can happen in about 6-12 months, you’ll need another RF ablation to maintain pain relief.
RF ablation can block pain messages from anywhere in your body by stopping the signal in peripheral nerves or at your spine. That means RF ablation may alleviate pain caused by many different conditions, including sports injuries, neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome, and cancer pain.
The team at Daniel Loder, MD, often treats chronic pain, pain associated with arthritis, and conditions such as sacroiliitis with RF ablation.
Before undergoing RF ablation, you have a diagnostic nerve block. Your provider injects a local anesthetic at the nerve they intend to ablate.
If your pain diminishes following the injection, it’s a sign that the appropriate nerve is targeted and that you’ll get ongoing pain relief from RF ablation. If your nerve block works, your RF ablation should produce a 70-80% reduction in pain.
You lie down on a specialized table that allows your Daniel Loder, MD, provider to take real-time X-rays. The images give them a clear view of the nerve and the needle-like RF probe as they guide it to the nerve. When the probe is in place, RF waves go through the needle, precisely heating and wounding the nerve.
You can walk around right after your procedure is finished, and you can go back to work within 24-72 hours. You may notice an immediate improvement in your pain, but most patients start to experience pain relief in about 10 days.
To learn if your pain can be treated with radiofrequency ablation, call Daniel Loder, MD, or book an appointment online.