If you’re searching for pain relief, you should know that radiofrequency ablation is one of the longest-lasting interventional treatments you can get — and it doesn’t require surgery. At OmniSpine Pain Management in Frisco and Mesquite, Texas, board-certified physician Andrew Morchower, MD, MPH, performs radiofrequency ablation using the Coolief* cooled radiofrequency device. By precisely blocking pain signals traveling through a targeted nerve, Dr. Morchower relieves pain nearly anywhere in your body. Call the OmniSpine Pain Management office today or use online booking to request an appointment.
Radiofrequency ablation (radiofrequency rhizotomy) is a minimally invasive procedure that stops pain signals traveling through nerves. After finding the exact nerve responsible for sending pain messages to your brain, Dr. Morchower uses a specialized needlelike device (probe) to wound the nerve with radio waves.
The radio waves create a wound that stops signals from traveling through the nerve. As a result, your pain is dramatically reduced.
The Coolief* probe is specially designed to allow precise application of radiofrequency heat to the nerve while cooling the device to protect the surrounding tissues.
The cooling effect allows Dr. Morchower to create a larger wound on the nerve without damaging nearby tissues. The size of the wound makes a difference because radiofrequency ablation eases your pain until the nerve heals. The larger the wound, the longer your pain relief.
Dr. Morchower recommends radiofrequency ablation when you still have pain after receiving conservative treatments. The precision of this technique allows him to target nearly any nerve carrying pain signals to your brain. As a result, you might be a good candidate if you’re experiencing pain almost anywhere in your body.
Radiofrequency ablation eases or eliminates the pain of conditions like:
Many people find that radiofrequency ablation performed by Dr. Morchower gives them significant, long-lasting pain relief.
You might want a mild sedative to help you relax, but many people only need a topical anesthetic. Dr. Morchower uses real-time imaging to see the thin, needlelike device as he guides it to the targeted nerve. Once the needle is in place, he activates the radiofrequency energy.
You can go home the same day, but Dr. Morchower asks you to avoid certain activities. You should feel the results of the radiofrequency ablation in 1-2 weeks. Most patients experience relief for up to two years (or until the wound heals, which could take more or less time).
Call OmniSpine Pain Management today to learn more about radiofrequency ablation. You can also use the online booking feature to request an appointment.