Rhizotomy / RF Ablation

Eradicate Pain at its Core with NIPAA

At the National Interventional Pain Associates of America (NIPAA), we are committed to innovative procedures that target and eliminate pain right from its source. Rhizotomy, also known as Radiofrequency (RF) Ablation, represents one such cutting-edge technique, bringing prolonged relief to our patients.

Diving Deeper into Rhizotomy (RF Ablation)

Rhizotomy (RF Ablation) is a minimally invasive procedure where thermal energy is used to disrupt nerve function. By precisely targeting the nerves transmitting pain signals, the procedure minimizes or eliminates pain from the treated area, offering patients an enhanced quality of life.

Applications of Rhizotomy (RF Ablation)

Our expert physicians harness the potential of Rhizotomy / RF Ablation for various regions:

  • Cervical: Effective for patients experiencing chronic neck pain, this procedure targets nerves in the cervical spine region.
  • Lumbar: Focusing on the lower back, this treatment addresses the pain stemming from the lumbar spine.
  • SI Joint: When pain emanates from the Sacroiliac joint, a specialized approach is taken to target and treat this specific area.

What to Expect During the Procedure

  1. After ensuring you’re relaxed, the skin around the target area will be cleaned and sterilized.
  2. A local anesthetic is applied, numbing the area to ensure comfort.
  3. Guided by advanced fluoroscopic equipment, the physician will position the RF needle accurately near the pain-transmitting nerve.
  4. Once in position, a thermal current is passed through the needle, disrupting the nerve’s ability to transmit pain signals.
  5. Upon completion, the needle is carefully removed, and a bandage is placed over the site.

Benefits & Aftercare

Rhizotomy / RF Ablation provides longer-lasting pain relief compared to standard treatments. While some initial soreness post-procedure is normal, many patients report substantial pain reduction or elimination within days. Regular activities can often be resumed quickly, but always follow your NIPAA physician’s guidance on post-procedure care.

Getting Prepared for Rhizotomy / RF Ablation

  1. Inform your physician about any medications you are taking.
  2. Depending on your medication, you might be asked to stop certain medications a few days before the procedure.
  3. Avoid eating or drinking for at least six hours prior to the procedure.
  4. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
  5. Ensure you have someone to drive you home after the procedure.

Committing to a Life Beyond Pain

NIPAA stands at the frontier of pain relief, continuously exploring and applying the most advanced techniques. With Rhizotomy / RF Ablation, we invite you to step into a world where pain doesn’t dictate your life’s narrative.