About The Procedure
One of the most common, safe, and effective chronic pain treatments is the radiofrequency ablation (RFA). RFA uses an electrical current from radio waves to heat and burn the surrounding tissue and nerves to reduce pain signals to affected areas. During the procedure, your Nexus physician will ask specific questions about your sensations to determine if the electrode is in the correct area. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes to complete.
Patients will have the option to receive a mild sedative to help them relax and to reduce discomfort during the procedure. Patients who opt to use sedation are required to arrange for transportation home following the procedure, otherwise patients can drive themselves.
Under the direction of the prescribing physician, you will be required to stop any blood thinners and/or anti-inflammatories prior to the procedure. You may also be asked to fast a minimum of 4 hours before your scheduled procedure time. Please shower and maintain good hygiene directly before and after the procedure to reduce chances of an infection developing.
- Plavix: Stop 7 days prior – Restart 24 hours after
- Aspirin: Stop 6 Days prior - Restart 24 hours after
- NSAID’s: Stop 2 days prior – Restart 24 hours after
- Eliquis: Stop 3 days prior – Restart 24 hours after
Patients can apply ice and heat to the treated area to help relieve any residual pain caused by the procedure itself.