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Peripheral Nerve Radiofrequency Ablationin Phoenix, AZ

Conditions treated

  • Chronic pain in the neck, back, knee, pelvic, and peripheral nerves
  • Conditions such as spondylosis and sacroiliitis

Benefits

This outpatient non-surgical treatment option can help relieve pain without long periods of rehabilitation or recovery. This treatment provides immediate pain relief and functional mobility in your back while decreasing your need for other pain medications. 

Procedure

Prior to the procedure, you should ask your doctor if you may take your medication as normal, as you may be asked to stop taking blood thinners or immunosuppressant medications to reduce your risk of complications. Inform your doctor if you have any allergies to medication or iodine. 

During the procedure, you’ll lay on your stomach on an x-ray table. Some patients will be sedated while others will not. If you are being sedated, do not eat or drink before your procedure. After the sedation goes into effect, the medical professional performing the procedure will disinfect the injection site before injecting the medication near the medial or lateral branch nerves in your back. An electrode is inserted through a needle that allows a low-voltage electrical current to pass through the nerve. Once the target nerve has been located, a heat lesion is created on the nerve before moving onto the next affected nerve. This process may briefly cause patients to feel pain. The entire procedure lasts for approximately 30 to 90 minutes depending on the number of affected nerves.

Recovery

You will need someone to drive you home following your procedure. After the procedure, you’ll be placed in an observation room if you received sedation. If not, you’ll be permitted to return home following the conclusion of the procedure. You may experience a burning sensation, hypersensitivity to touch, or numbness at the injection site. This is normal and will dissipate within a few days. You can use an ice pack to help reduce these sensations. 

Your doctor will discuss when it’s safe for you to return to normal activities and your normal medication schedule. The duration of pain relief provided by this treatment varies by patient. Some experience one to three weeks’ worth of pain relief while others experience more long-term relief.

Risk

While this procedure is safe and low-risk, there is a rare chance for risks. Your doctor has decided the benefits of this procedure outweigh the risks. Risks or complications for this procedure include:

  • Excessive, abnormal skin sensitivity at the injection site
  • Bleeding, infection, or bruising at the injection site
  • Damage to the surrounding blood vessels or nerves
  • Heat damage to nearby structures

The Pain Experts of Arizona was founded to bring the highest level of care in a state-of-the-art setting that emphasizes the belief of treating our patients with the same respect, compassion, and dedication we would treat our own friends and family.

Contact our office to schedule an appointment and let us help you get back on your way to an active life without the limitations of chronic pain. From our Phoenix office, The Pain Experts of Arizona, serves pain management patients in Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek, and the entire Phoenix area.