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Radiofrequency ablation of peripheral nerves to treat pain associated with occipital neuralgia or cervicogenic headache is considered INVESTIGATIONAL. Ablation of peripheral nerves to treat pain is considered INVESTIGATIONAL in all other conditions, with the exception of facet joint pain (see Medical Policy #140 Facet Joint Denervation)What is radiofrequency ablation?
What is radiofrequency ablation? Radiofrequency ablation uses an electric current to heat up a small area of nerve tissue to stop it from sending pain signals.Can a nerve regrow after radiofrequency ablation?
It is possible the nerve will regrow through the burned lesion that was created by radiofrequency ablation. If the nerve regrows, it is usually 6-12 months after the procedure. Radiofrequency ablation is 70-80% effective in people who have successful nerve blocks.What types of pain can be treated with ablation?
Ablative procedures such as radiofrequency ablation, cryoneurolysis and chemical neurolysis of the nerves has been proposed as a treatment for several different types of pain. It has been used to treat a number of pain syndromes such as trigeminal neuralgia, cervical and lumbar facet joint pain and headache syndromes.