As we age, we find our backs, knees, and joints feeling weak and worn out. Sometimes, it also leads to immense pain that leaves us wondering if we have to be bound to a walking cane for the remainder of our days.
Radiofrequency Ablation With COOLIEF
Of course, replacement surgeries can help us out to an extent, but it does not work for everybody. Chronic pain is extremely challenging to deal with, and only advanced medical procedures can offer you long-lasting relief.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that is known to offer significant relief to people who experience frequent bouts of pain in their joints. Our experts at Source Healthcare strive to offer a fully comprehensive consultation and treatment that can effectively manage your pain once and for all.
What Exactly is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation (RFA), also referred to as rhizotomy or neurectomy, is performed with a special needle that uses thermal energy to create a small lesion on the nerve that transmits pain signals. This can result in longer-lasting pain relief usually between 8 to 12 months. Before the ablation, a diagnostic block must be performed using a local anesthetic to identify the pain generator.
RFA is a treatment option for many different conditions including neck pain, back pain, spondylolysis, sacroiliitis, knee pain, and occipital neuralgia.
What is the COOLIEF Procedure?
COOLIEF is an advanced treatment choice for those who wish to undergo radiofrequency ablation to manage their pain. This treatment is often compared to steroid injections, but is much more effective and does not cause addiction. Several patients also report much better pain relief and satisfaction with the results obtained from COOLIEF.
COOLIEF is recommended for osteoarthritis pain, knee pain, and back pain, all of which are very common ailments that come with aging. Seeking professional help for an advanced treatment like COOLIEF will prove to be very helpful in the long run.
Recovery & Results
Once the procedure is completed, our doctors will thoroughly explain all the aftercare you need to follow. Based on your unique needs, our experts can recommend the optimal activity levels and rest you need to incorporate into your day. Typically, patients return to normal activities within a few days to weeks after the procedure.
As for results, you can expect to see pain relief within just one or two weeks after the procedure. The recovery is gradual, and some patients may require additional sessions to effectively manage the pain, but patients report feeling more agile and less dependent on pain medication.
How is the COOLIEF Procedure Carried Out?
When you come in for a consultation, our experts will assess your medical history and determine your exact cause of pain. Once this has been determined, you will be briefed regarding your treatment options, and an appointment date will be set up.
Some medications may need to be stopped several days before the procedure. Our office will provide this information to you before your appointment.
When you come in for the traditional RFA treatment, here’s what you can expect.
RFA can be done under local anesthetic or with sedation by an anesthesiologist. The physician will sterilize the area and numb the skin with a local anesthetic. Using fluoroscopy (or X-ray guidance), the needles are inserted into the targeted area. Once the needles are correctly positioned, a local anesthetic is injected to help numb the region. The probes are then inserted into the needles, and radio waves are transmitted. Corticosteroid is injected through the needles when the ablation is complete. The procedure typically takes 10 to 20 minutes.
COOLIEF procedures make use of cooled radiofrequency energy to target the nerves in a much gentler manner. Overall, there is reduced heat generation, which helps to enhance the scope of pain relief and provide an effective remedy for pain.
When you come in for the COOLIEF treatment, our experts will first perform a medial branch block. This diagnostic procedure assists the doctor to correctly identify the exact source of your pain, which helps them administer the COOLIEF treatment accurately.
Following this, the patient receives the actual treatment. Here, the regular RFA treatment is carried out, where our doctor uses the radiofrequency generator device with a tiny needle to access the nerves causing pain. This time, the device sends heat to the nerves, but also circulates water throughout the area simultaneously. This helps in creating a larger surface area for the treatment of pain, while also targeting the area without using too much heat.
Overall, the procedure is more comfortable for patients, with many having reported much better pain relief from the first go.
Book an Appointment With Us Today
Nobody should go through any stage of life with unbearable pain, and we, at Source Healthcare in Santa Monica, California, understand that. COOLIEF is a well-researched and effective procedure that continues to show incredible results for several patients around the world today. Our specialists will be more than happy to walk you through the needs of the procedure. If you think you may be a candidate for RFA treatment, please call our office to schedule an appointment.