Nerve damage, also known as neuropathy, is a prevalent cause of persistent pain. Fortunately, the pain management experts at Michigan Pain Specialists offer nerve ablation treatments at the offices in Ypsilanti and Adrian, Michigan. Radiofrequency nerve ablation can stop pain signals from traveling to your brain, offering long-lasting relief. Call Michigan Pain Specialists today or schedule a consultation online to discover if a nerve ablation treatment is right for you.
Nerve ablation is a minimally invasive treatment that creates a lesion on a nerve, disrupting pain signals from traveling to your brain. The team at Michigan Pain Specialists uses radiofrequency energy to heat your targeted nerve and stop pain signals.
The physicians at Michigan Pain Specialists might recommend nerve ablation to treat chronic pain conditions, including arthritis, peripheral nerve damage, and other types of back, neck, and joint pain.
The doctors provide thorough exams and consultations before recommending nerve ablation or any other pain management treatment. They might also combine nerve ablation with other therapies to optimize your pain relief.
If your physician confirms that nerve ablation is right for you, the team prepares you for treatment by cleaning your skin and providing a local anesthetic. You stay awake during the 30-90 minute procedure to provide feedback to your doctor.
Your physician then uses fluoroscopic X-rays to guide the insertion of a hollow needle into the area near the nerve responsible for your pain. They feed a wire through the needle to the damaged nerve.
When the wire is in place, your doctor turns on the radiofrequency energy to create the lesion. They can treat several nerves during the same procedure. You might feel some pressure, but most people say that the nerve ablation isn’t painful.
When the treatment is complete, your doctor removes the wire and the hollow needle before bandaging the injection site.
You spend a short time resting in a recovery area. You need to get up and walk around before your doctor provides aftercare instructions and releases you to go home. You might have some tenderness at the incision site for a week or so, but nerve ablation should provide almost immediate relief of your pain.
Avoid strenuous physical activities for a few weeks after your procedure, but you shouldn’t need to take time off work.
You have a follow-up appointment with your doctor a few weeks after your nerve ablation procedure to gauge its effectiveness and ensure you recover well.
Call Michigan Pain Specialists today or make an appointment online to learn if nerve ablation is right for you.