Cervical Radiofrequency Ablation Injections
Radiofrequency nerve ablation is a minimally invasive treatment. In this procedure, painful nerves are ablated with gentle heat generated from radio waves. Ablating the nerves decreases or eliminates their ability to emit pain signals. Cervical radiofrequency ablation injections can be used for addressing neck pain. Caliber Pain™ offers RF ablation injections for neck pain relief at our clinic in New York City.
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), or radiofrequency neurotomy, is most commonly used to treat chronic pain, arthritis of the spine (spondylosis) and sacroiliitis. It is also used to treat neck, back, knee, pelvic and peripheral nerve pain. It is generally recommended once diagnostic and other pain relief modalities have not provided adequate pain relief.
The benefits of cervical radiofrequency ablation injections include:
- Avoiding surgery
- Immediate pain relief
- Little to no recovery time
- Decreased need for pain medication
- Improved function
- Quicker return to work and other activities
If you have neck pain and want to avoid invasive surgery, RF ablation may be a minimally-invasive treatment option to give you relief.
Radiofrequency Neurotomy for Neck Pain
Caliber Pain™ performs this procedure on an outpatient basis in our state-of-the-art treatment room equipped with fluoroscopic x-ray technology.
- In the pre-procedure area, the nurse or doctor will place an IV line. This is used for fluids and sedation if needed.
- When you get to the procedure room, you will be connected to monitoring equipment (EKG monitor, blood pressure cuff and blood oxygen monitoring device).
- You will be positioned comfortably on your abdomen.
- The injection site is cleansed with an antiseptic soap, after which our doctor will inject numbing medicine that causes a slight burning sensation for a few seconds.
- Contrast dye may be injected to confirm precise needle location.
- A radiofrequency current is passed through the hollow needle to create a small precise burn, called a lesion. The current destroys the portion of the nerve that transmits pain and disrupts the pain-producing signal.
- You will spend about 20 minutes in the recovery area.
- You will be given verbal and written discharge instructions.
- If you have had sedation, you must be accompanied by a responsible adult, 18 or over, to drive you home or ride with you in a taxi.
Most patients can walk around immediately after the procedure and go back to work 24 to 72 hours later. Pain relief is typically experienced within 10 days, although relief may be immediate for some patients and take up to three weeks for others. Pain relief from RFA can last from 6-12 months, and in some cases, relief can last for years.
If you have chronic neck pain, cervical radiofrequency ablation injections can be an option for long-term relief. Contact Caliber Pain™ in New York City to learn more about our interventional pain management options.