What is Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation?
Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation (Cooled RF) is a new minimally invasive, non-narcotic out-patient treatment option that can treat and relieve chronic pain and improve your quality of life without surgery. In this advanced procedure cooled radiofrequency energy is used to quickly and safely target the sensory nerves that cause pain and shut off the transmission of pain signals to the brain.
What Conditions are Treated with Cooled Radiofrequency?
Today Cooled RF is used to treat a number of conditions such as:
- Genicular Neurotomy
- Cervical Joint Pain
- Thoracic Facet Joint Pain
- Lumbar Pain
- Discogenic Pain
- Sacroliliac Joint Syndrome
- Hip osteoarthritis (OA) or joint pain
- Chronic knee osteoarthritis (OA)
How does Cooled RF Work?
In Cooled RF sterile circulating water is passed through an electrode that is inserted near the irritated nerves while heating nervous tissue. As the electrode is heated it cools a small area of nervous tissue, decreasing the pain signals from that immediate area.
By using Cooled RF our neurologists can increase the amount of power delivered to the nervous tissue thereby increasing the size of the ablation compared to the volume of treated tissue from conventional radiofrequency ablation. This in turn decreases the length of the procedure and increases the success of the procedure.
Is the Procedure Painful?
Cooled RF does not require an incision, unlike surgery. Patients are given a local anesthetic, rather than anesthesia, before the procedure to reduce any discomfort during treatment. After the procedure, some may experience mild discomfort at the treatment site. However, this discomfort can be easily treated with medication during recovery. Most patients can return to work one or two days after the procedure.
How Long is the Procedure?
In general, Cooled RF is an outpatient procedure that takes less than one hour to perform, while the results may last up to 2 years. – This length of pain relief will vary from person to person and is based on two factors: where Cooled RF is used and what caused the pain.
Occasionally, the nerves responsible for sending pain signals to your brain may regenerate faster than the majority of patients. If this occurs, Cooled RF treatment can be performed again.
Benefits of Cooled Radiofrequency
- Physical function is increased
- Pain and disability is reduced
- Medications are reduced
- It does not require general anesthesia
Cooled RF is a minimally invasive, safe, effective means of controlling pain in a variety of areas. For those who are not candidates for surgery, the advanced form of radiofrequency ablation is an important treatment option to reduce or eliminate chronic pain. The neurologists at our office use Cooled RF to treat a variety of chronic pain conditions. If you suffer from chronic pain and need a specialist contact one of our neurologists to schedule an appointment 310-829-5968.
Meet Our Neurologists
At Neurological Associates of West Los Angeles our neurologists specialize in treating chronic pain using minimally invasive treatment options targeting nerves that cause pain. Dr. Jordan, Dr. O’Connor and Dr. Franc all diagnose and treat patients with conditions where Cooled Radiofrequency may be the best treatment option. If you suffer from chronic back pain caused by sensory nerves and need a specialist who uses Cooled Radiofrequency contact one of our neurologists to schedule an appointment to discuss using this treatment option at 310-829-5968.