Pain relief has advanced. Pain management now extends further than surgery or medication. Practitioners use innovative, nonsurgical treatments, like radiofrequency ablation, to treat their patients efficiently and effectively, with minimal downtime. Ana Maria Platon, MD, is a pain management practitioner at The Pain Specialist in Stockbridge, Georgia. She uses the latest research and technologies to treat and manage pain. Explore new methods of pain relief. Make an appointment today by calling the office or booking through the website.
Radiofrequency ablation is a nonsurgical, minimally invasive procedure. It uses electrical impulses to destroy damaged nerves and tissues. An electrical current heats a small area of damaged nerve tissue to stop it from transmitting pain signals to the brain.
Dr. Platon has training in using radiofrequency ablation tools. She can talk you through the benefits of the treatment and help you decide whether it’s suitable for you.
Dr. Platon uses radiofrequency ablation to treat patients with chronic lower back and neck pain. She recommends the treatment to those that haven’t had success with nerve blocks and physical therapy. Pain relief can last from six to 12 months.
Dr. Platon performs radiofrequency ablation with a radiofrequency needle. She uses X-ray to place the needle accurately. Her patient remains awake throughout the procedure.
How do you prepare for radiofrequency ablation?
There are some steps you must follow to prepare for radiofrequency ablation treatment.
You may drink clear liquids until two hours before the procedure, but you can’t eat anything within six hours of your appointment.
Bring all your other medications with you so you can take them immediately after the treatment. If you use insulin for diabetes, your primary care provider will adjust your insulin dosage for the day of the procedure.
If you have any concerns about what you need to do to prepare for the radiofrequency ablation, speak with Dr. Platon. Never stop a medication without checking with your primary care provider first.
After treatment, a nurse or Dr. Platon herself checks your blood pressure and pulse. They place a bandage over the insertion site and discharge you when you’re ready. You mustn’t drive, operate heavy machinery, or do any strenuous activity for the next 24 hours.
You can’t take a bath for 48 hours, but you can shower. And you can remove your bandages before you go to bed on your first day home.
Radiofrequency ablation is a long-term pain management solution. Make an appointment with Dr. Platon at The Pain Specialist over the phone or through the online booking tool to see if it will help you.