Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA)

Suffering from chronic pain or arthritic pain can be devastating. It can severely lower your quality of life and impact your career, your personal relationships and your overall wellness. Radiofrequency is an innovative pain relief option. To find out if it may be right for you, please call experienced Cleveland surgeon Dr. Joseph Khouri at 440-446-8600. Radiofrequency can help you restore a pain-free life.

What is Radiofrequency?

Radiofrequency is a minimally invasive procedure. It works by decreasing the pain signals from the treatment area to the brain. This technology uses radiofrequency to heat and destroy targeted nerve tissue. The process itself is painless and involves a fast recovery.

The device works by emitting an electrical current. It is this current that heats the nerves that are sending pain signals to your brain. It is a non-surgical procedure that involves inserting a needle, but does not involve incisions or general anesthesia. The vast majority of patients go home after the procedure, after a short 15-30 minutes of rest in our comfortable recovery rooms.

Conditions treated with Radiofrequency

Radiofrequency may be recommended for:

  • Lower back pain
  • Neck pain
  • Joint pain
  • Spinal pain
  • Pelvic pain
  • Peripheral nerve pain
  • Arthritic pain

Put a stop to the transmission of chronic pain signals with this radio wave treatment. The advantages of choosing Radiofrequency include:

  • Non-surgical
  • Limited downtime
  • Immediate relief
  • May decrease your need for pain medication

The only way to know if it’s right for you is to meet with Dr. Khouri. He wants to get to know you and your pain condition, and to understand your goals. Only then can he make recommendations for treatment.

What Happens during Radiofrequency?

Most Radiofrequency procedures require only local sedation, so you will be able to remain awake during the procedure but completely numbed to pain. You’ll lie on your stomach. An IV may be inserted into your arm. The skin above the treatment area is cleansed.

Dr. Khouri inserts the Radiofrequency needle into the treatment area. He utilizes x-ray technology to place the needle in the correct location, the source of your chronic pain. Once the needle is in place, a microelectrode is inserted down the needle. The microelectrode emits an electrical current into the targeted nerve. It doesn’t affect surrounding nerves. The current heats the nerve tissue, thereby halting the transmission of pain signals from the nerve to your brain. The procedure typically takes 30-90 minutes, depending on the treatment area and other factors.

After Your Radiofrequency Treatment

Someone will need to drive you home from our office and stay with you for at least 24 hours. We may advise use of an ice pack to numb any discomfort in the treatment area and to reduce swelling. Hold the pack to the injection site for 15-20 minutes each time, every 2 hours.

Most people return to work after 1-4 days. It’s normal to experience some discomfort during this time. You’ll return for a follow-up appointment so Dr. Khouri can check on your progress.

For most people, the pain relief achieved lasts 9 months – 2 years. It’s possible for the nerve to regrow after a year or so, although that isn’t common. You are more likely to experience success with this procedure if you’ve had success with nerve blocks in the past. Dr. Khouri will help you decide if this procedure is right for you.

What To Do Next

The next step is to contact Dr. Khouri. We must first determine if you are a good candidate for Radiofrequency. At the time of your consultation, we’ll also discuss cost, insurance, payment options and scheduling. One of the great things about Radiofrequency is that you can get back to your life quickly, so most people don’t need to plan a lot of time off from work, social activities and exercise.

Dr. Khouri is committed to finding individualized approaches that work best for each of his patients. He’ll take a full health history and take as much time as needed with you to discuss your pain. He can explore with you any other alternatives to Radiofrequency you may be considering, so you can feel confident about whichever choice you make ultimately. He has witnessed first-hand the pain relief this minimally invasive procedure can provide, but he wants to make sure it’s the absolute best fit for you.

Arrange Your Consultation with Dr. Khouri

If you live in or around Cleveland and are interested in radiofrequency to treat pain, please call the practice of Joseph Khouri, M.D., at 440-446-8600. Dr. Khouri will help you determine if radiofrequency will benefit you and help you lead a fuller, pain-free life.


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