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Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Indiana Neurology and Pain Center

Interventional Pain Management Specialists & Neurologists located in Indianapolis, IN

If you have chronic neck or back pain and are searching for an effective treatment that can provide long-term pain relief, consult interventional pain management specialist Samiullah Kundi, MD, at Indiana Neurology and Pain Center. At the practice's two offices on the east and west side of Indianapolis, Indiana, Dr. Kundi offers radiofrequency ablation to treat chronic pain from arthritis in the spine. To learn more about this non-surgical pain-relieving therapy, call the office nearest you or book online today.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation or rhizotomy is a highly effective, non-surgical therapy for treating chronic pain resulting from arthritis of the spine. 

During the minimally invasive procedure, your interventional pain management specialist uses radiofrequency energy to destroy the nerve fibers that carry pain signals to your brain. 

The procedure provides pain relief by blocking the transmission of pain signals to your brain. 

How do I know if radiofrequency ablation can help me?

Indiana Neurology and Pain Center takes a holistic and integrative approach to care. When you come in for a pain consultation, you can expect a comprehensive evaluation that focuses on finding the root cause of your pain so you get the best treatment.

The interventional pain management specialists at Indiana Neurology and Pain Center may recommend radiofrequency ablation if you have chronic neck or back pain from arthritis in your spine, and you experienced pain relief after undergoing a nerve block, such as a medial branch block. 

Indiana Neurology and Pain Center also performs diagnostic nerve blocks to find the source of your pain and help you get the best treatment for long-term pain relief. 

What happens during radiofrequency ablation?

Indiana Neurology and Pain Center performs radiofrequency ablation with local anesthesia and mild sedation to minimize discomfort.

During the procedure, your provider inserts a hollow needle into the area of your spine that's causing your pain using image-guided technology to ensure accurate placement. Once the needle is in place, your provider injects a numbing agent and delivers the radiofrequency energy.  

It takes about 90 seconds to burn the nerve. Your provider may ablate more than one nerve during radiofrequency ablation. 

What happens after radiofrequency ablation?

After radiofrequency ablation, your provider sends you to the recovery area for monitoring before discharging you home. You can’t drive after the procedure, and you must arrange to have someone take you home.

You should be back to work and your usual activities within 24 to 72 hours. It may take up to 10 days until you notice improvements in your pain following radiofrequency ablation.

Though results vary, your pain relief may last six to 12 months. Some patients even experience pain relief for years.

To learn more about radiofrequency ablation and how it may alleviate your neck or back pain, call Indiana Neurology and Pain Center, or request an appointment online today.