I have given you all a highlight of what radio frequency lesioning is all about below;
Radiofrequency lesioning is a highly effective treatment for chronic pain that involves carefully heating nerves that send pain sensations from painful areas of the body to the brain, providing long term pain relief. More information on the actual radiofrequency procedure is provided below.
Radiofrequency lesioning has existed as a highly successful technique for controlling pain for more than twenty years. It is not experimental. Only a few U.S. physicians are trained and competent to use this technique to control various kinds of pain.Dr. Nimish Shah at New Horizon Advanced Pain Medicine Center uses radiofrequency techniques to control certain types of chronic neck pain, pain in the thoracic spine (behind or along the ribs), lower back pain, herniated disc pain, sciatic pain, facial pain, headaches, and pain in surgical scars. He is one of the few Southern California physicians who uses this technique to control chronic pain.
Radiofrequency procedures should only be performed by properly trained clinicians with extensive experience and expertise. A radiofrequency lesioning procedure is a simple outpatient surgical procedure. These procedures are performed in an operating room with the help of an advanced X-ray machine to precisely place specially designed needles through the skin and over the small nerves that carry pain sensations from the body to the brain to avoid any pain.
Once the needles are exactly in place, some local anesthetic may be place onto these nerves before they are heated in a precise way for a short time. Heating these nerves stops them from carrying painful sensations to the brain, allowing the patient to function without pain.
Radiofrequency procedures may require mild intravenous anesthesia. However, radiofrequency procedures involve no incision and are not particularly painful. These procedures result in no weakness or permanent numbness. In fact, of all the radiofrequency procedures for pain control, only a few procedures cause any permanent weakness, numbness or other side effects. For example, spinal cord lesions for otherwise uncontrollable cancer pain may result in some weakness as a side effect. Slight numbness is a desired effect in treating uncontrollable pain from trigeminal neuralgia with radiofrequency lesions.Patients usually return home one hour after the procedure is completed and return to work the next day. Most patients have little if any soreness for the next few days. Patients may require two or three procedures to treat all of the nerves causing their pain.
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