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With over two million patients treated each year, lower back pain is the second leading cause for a patients visit to a pain management specialist. Imagine a procedure that could treat your back pain and allow you to return to your normal activities! All of this is possible using the Radiofrequency technology provided in the office setting by your physician.

Radiofrequency Lesioning

Radiofrequency lesioning (RFL) is a safe, proven means of interrupting pain signals Radiofrequency current is to heat up a small volume of nerve tissue, thereby interrupting pain signals from that specific area. Clinical data shows that radiofrequency lesioning can effectively provide lasting pain relief.

A Typical Procedure

A physician in an operating room setting performs an RFL procedure. Both local anesthesia and a mild sedative may be used to reduce any discomfort during the procedure. You will need to he awake and alert during both the sensory and motor stimulation process to aid in properly pinpointing the placement of the lesioning electrode. During the procedure you will be lying on either your stomach or back, depending on the approach your doctor will take. After the local anesthesia has been administered, your doctor will insert a small needle into the general area where you are experiencing pain. Under the guidance of x-ray, she will guide the needle to the exact target area. A microelectrode is then inserted through the needle to begin the stimulation sensation. The object of the stimulation process is to help your doctor determine if the electrode is in the optimal area for treatment, thus producing the most relief.

Once the needle and electrode placement is verified, treatment is ready to begin. A small radiofrequency current will travel through the electrode into the surrounding tissue, causing tissue to heat and eliminate the pain pathways. You should alert your physician at any time you experience any type of discomfort.

After the Procedure

You may experience some soft tissue discomfort at the needle placement site following the RFL. Like other soft tissue wounds, this will subside in a few days. Food and liquid consumption can usually be resumed soon after the RFL. REL usually blocks pain signals for a prolonged period of time. However, the human body may regenerate the pain pathways overtime. It is not unusual that the procedure need to be repeated. RFL will not limit your activities. You will be able to resume your daily life, inclusive of work, as soon as you feel able. Any pre-existing restrictions you had prior to RFL may remain. As with any surgery, however minor, there are certain risks involved. Please ask your Physician for details regarding the potential risks with RFL.

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Creative Health Center
1012 Druid Road East
Clearwater, Florida 33756

(727) 443-4242
Pain Management
Medical Director
Jayam Krishna Iyer, M.D.
Board Certified in Anesthesiology & Pain Management