Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that usually lasts 15-45 minutes. Dr. Thomas provides a local anesthetic to minimize any discomfort during your treatment.
While you lie on an X-ray table, Dr. Thomas uses fluoroscopy to guide a hollow needle to the nerve that’s causing your pain.
Then, he injects a numbing medication before sending the radiofrequency current through the needle to create a small lesion on your nerve. Dr. Thomas can treat several nerves during the same appointment.
A friend or family member should drive you home after radiofrequency ablation treatment. You can get back to work and your regular activities within 24-72 hours. You should notice a significant reduction in your pain within 10 days, although some patients report immediate relief.