Radiofrequency Ablation

Board Certified Pain Medicine, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation Physician located in Las Vegas, NV

Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency Ablation services offered in Las Vegas, NV

If you struggle with severe pain and need relief, see the specialists at the Pain Institute of Nevada in Las Vegas, can help. Board-certified pain medicine, physical medicine, and rehabilitation specialist Katherine Travnicek, MD, offers radiofrequency ablation to reduce pain signals to your brain and restore a higher quality of life. Call the office to learn more or schedule a visit online today.

Radiofrequency Ablation. Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation uses thermal energy (heat) to destroy painful nerve endings, reducing severe or ongoing pain. Dr. Travnicek uses the procedure to lessen the discomfort caused by arthritis, spinal injuries, failed surgeries, or foot, knee, hip, or spine pain. She sends radio waves through a needle to complete the procedure, offering you long-lasting, highly effective results.

Why might I need radiofrequency ablation?

Dr. Travnicek might recommend you undergo radiofrequency ablation if you suffer from:

  • Ongoing pain after surgery
  • Arthritic joint pain
  • Neck and lower back pain
  • Spine pain
  • Sacroiliac joint pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Facial pain

The goal of the procedure is to improve musculoskeletal functioning, lessen discomfort, and reduce the number of medications you take for pain relief. Radiofrequency ablation may also help you delay or avoid surgery.

To determine if radiofrequency ablation is right for you, Dr. Travnicek discusses your medical history, medication regimen, and your symptoms. She checks your vital signs, completes a physical exam, and may order blood tests, nerve tests, X-rays, or imaging procedures. 

How should I prepare for radiofrequency ablation?

To get ready for radiofrequency ablation, follow Dr. Travnicek’s instructions. She may ask you to stop taking certain medications or avoid foods and drinks before your scheduled appointment. You might need to arrange for someone to drive you home afterward.

What should I expect during radiofrequency ablation?

During treatment, you lie on your stomach on an X-ray table. Dr. Travnicek offers medications that help you feel relaxed. She uses a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area before inserting a needle into targeted tissues using X-ray guidance for optimal precision.

She sends a radiofrequency current through the needle to heat affected tissues and destroys parts of certain nerves, thereby reducing pain signals. 

The procedure could take 15 minutes to two hours, depending on the number of treatments Dr. Travnicek completes. 

What happens after the procedure?

After you undergo radiofrequency ablation, follow Dr. Travnicek’s instructions. You can often go home the same day but must have someone drive you. Expect some pain, muscle spasms, or soreness at the treatment site for several days. Ice the affected area to enhance comfortability. Get plenty of rest and avoid strenuous activities until given the okay by Dr. Travnicek.

She may recommend that you complete physical therapy to regain flexibility and strength. Attend follow-up appointments with Dr. Travnicek so she can evaluate your progress and make sure the treatment has worked effectively.

To learn more about radiofrequency ablation at the Pain Institute of Nevada, call the office or book an appointment online today.