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Radiofrequency ablation uses an electric current to heat up a small area of nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals . It can provide lasting relief for people with chronic pain, especially in the lower back, neck and arthritic joints.What to expect after radiofrequency ablation?
After radiofrequency ablation, you'll stay in a recovery room for observation, and a nurse will check your blood pressure and pulse. You'll get a bandage over the injection site. The nurse will give you something to drink and review your discharge instructions with you. You'll need someone to drive you home.What If radiofrequency ablation doesn't work?
What if Radiofrequency Ablation Doesn’t Work? Nerves can regenerate after the RFA procedure and start causing pain again. If this happens, the radiofrequency ablation can be repeated, and if the repeated operation comes up with the same results, a surgical intervention might be considered by your doctor.What are the most serious side effects of spinal ablation?
The risk of complication from radiofrequency ablation is very low. Serious complications, including infection and bleeding at the incision site, are uncommon. Temporary side effects can include: Weakness or numbness in your legs. Swelling and bruising at the incision site.