It is a non-invasive surgical modality for treating chronic pain, involving the use of high-frequency wave pulses to interrupt nerve conduction and thus stopping the transmission of pain.
The treatment applies an electric current, (high-frequency wave pulses), through a needle inserted in the treated area.
Needles are special, being the tips the ones that exert the treatment, so it is necessary to place them in the area to be treated. This technique is performed with radiological or ultrasound control in the operating room and with superficial or deep sedation, depending on the procedure, and with local anaesthesia.
Conventional radio frequency
It reaches temperatures between 60 and 82 degree Celsius and interrupts sensory conduction.
Pulsed radio frequency
It reaches temperatures between 40 and 42 degree Celsius but does not produce nervous destruction. Radiofrequency treatment can be performed in various anatomical entities and locations causing the painful process.
Pain caused by alteration of a nerve, either at the spinal column, peripheral nerves in extremities, abdominal wall or joints.
Yes, it is necessary that someone goes with you from the clinic to your home.
You will be able to go back home after the temporary feeling of heaviness in your leg or arm caused by the local anaesthetic disappears, after a brief period in an awakening unit. Admission to hospital is not required.
Relative rest, normal activity, no physical exertion.
Sometimes you may experience temporary discomfort, requiring medication. Discomfort caused by the treated nerve territory, feeling of paraesthesia or temporary tingling.