Radiofrequency for chronic pain. A fantastic treatment without medications

Radiofrequency for Knee Pain

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure that uses heat to destroy nerve tissue. RFA is also sometimes called radiofrequency lesioning or radiofrequency thermal ablation. Radiofrequency denervation for arthritis is a specific type of RFA that's used to treat pain caused by arthritis. Arthritis is a condition that causes inflammation and pain in the joints. Radiofrequency denervation may be an option if you have arthritis and haven't gotten relief from other treatments, such as physical therapy, medications, or injections. Radiofrequency denervation is a minimally invasive procedure. That means it involves a small incision, or cut, and doesn't require hospitalization. Radiofrequency denervation can be done on an outpatient basis, which means you can go home the same day as the procedure. Radiofrequency denervation is typically done using local anesthesia, which numbs the area around the incision. Radiofrequency denervation isn't right for everyone. You may not be a candidate for this procedure if you have certain medical conditions, such as bleeding disorders or heart disease. Radiofrequency denervation is considered a safe procedure when it's performed by a trained and experienced doctor. Complications from radiofrequency denervation are rare but can include infection, nerve damage, and pain at the site of the incision.  Call us for additional information on this procedure.

Author
Dr. Pappolla Miguel Pappolla, MD, PhD Dr. Pappolla's training includes medical residencies and fellowships in Neurology and Pain Medicine (Anesthesia based) and also in Clinical Pathology, Anatomic Pathology, and Neuropathology. This training required 10 additional years of formal medical education (following graduation from medical school) in programs accredited by the American Board of Medical Specialties, considered the "gold-standard" in physician education in the United States. Dr. Pappolla holds active board certifications in five disciplines of medicine (Pain Management, Neurology, Anatomic Pathology, Clinical Pathology and Neuropathology). He has also been serving the public at large for over 20 years as a consultant for the NIH (National Institutes of Health) and a full Professor or Faculty at several of the most prestigious medical schools in the USA (LSU New Orleans, Mount Sinai Medical School in New York City, University of Texas at Houston) where he taught Neurosciences to medical students and medical residents for over 20 years.

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