Radiofrequency Ablation is a procedure used to reduce pain using a high-frequency radio wave to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area. Radiofrequency ablation is performed on an outpatient basis and requires only local anesthetic and mild sedation. Heat is applied to certain nerve pathways to “shut off” the transmission of pain signals to the brain. This minimally invasive procedure can provide lasting relief to those suffering from facet joint pain or for patients that experience chronic back and neck pain from the degeneration of joints.
The procedure is a proven safe way to help reduce pain with little to no side effects. It has high success and low complication rate that can provide pain relief for up to two years.
COOLIEF* Cooled Radiofrequency is a new minimally invasive outpatient treatment option that targets nerves that are causing chronic pain. The COOLIEF technology uses cooled radiofrequency energy to safely target the sensory nerves causing pain. The COOLIEF system circulates water through the device while heating nervous tissue to create a treatment area that is larger than conventional treatments. This combination targets the pain-causing nerves without excessive heating, which in turn enhances the relief of pain. Some of the benefits of this procedure may include providing chronic back pain patients with up to 24 months of pain relief, improved physical function, and reduced prescription drug intake.