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Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation

What is Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation?

Lumbar Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is an innovative and minimally invasive procedure used to alleviate chronic back pain that originates from the facet joints. As a highly specialized pain management technique, it provides long-lasting relief for patients suffering from various conditions affecting the lower back. Lumbar rhizotomy is synonymous with radiofrequency ablation

Conditions Treated with Lumbar RFA:

Lumbar RFA is particularly effective in treating chronic pain caused by facet joint arthritis, also known as facet joint syndrome. This condition occurs when the cartilage in the facet joints, which are small joints in the back of the spine, wears down over time, leading to inflammation and pain. Other conditions that can benefit from Lumbar RFA include chronic low back pain and pain resulting from previous spinal surgeries.

The Procedure Process:

During the Lumbar RFA procedure, Dr. Edward Rubin utilizes advanced fluoroscopic imaging to precisely target and treat the affected nerves causing the chronic pain. The fluoroscope serves as a real-time X-ray, allowing for accurate placement of the radiofrequency electrode. Local anesthesia is used to numb the area before the procedure, ensuring patient comfort.

Once the electrode is correctly positioned, a mild electrical current is passed through it to create a lesion on the problematic nerve, disrupting its ability to transmit pain signals. The procedure is usually completed within 20-30 minutes, and patients can return home the same day.

Anesthesia: Can be done with local or light sedation. The procedure requires a brief wake up for testing.

The Benefits of Lumbar RFA:

Minimally Invasive: The procedure requires only a small incision, reducing tissue damage and promoting faster recovery.

Long-Lasting Pain Relief: Many patients experience pain relief for several months to years, improving their overall quality of life.

Non-Surgical Alternative: Lumbar RFA provides an effective non-surgical option for managing chronic back pain, reducing the need for more invasive procedures.

Risks and Considerations:

While Lumbar RFA is generally considered safe and well-tolerated, it’s essential to be aware of potential risks, which will be thoroughly discussed during your consultation with Dr. Edward Rubin. Some possible risks include temporary soreness, bruising, or swelling at the procedure site. In rare cases, nerve damage or infection may occur, but our clinic takes every precaution to minimize these risks and ensure patient safety.

If you or a loved one is struggling with chronic lumbar pain or facet joint syndrome, don’t hesitate to seek help from Dr. Edward Rubin MD. Call and schedule an appointment to learn more about Lumbar RFA and other pain management options. Take charge of your health and let Dr. Edward Rubin MD help you reclaim your life from chronic pain.