Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation services offered in Anchorage, AK

If you struggle with neck pain, back pain, or other types of ongoing discomfort, rely on Alaska Pain to Wellness Centre in Anchorage, Alaska. Pain-management specialists Greg Wilkinson, PA-C, M.Ed, Steve Johnson, MD, and their exceptional team offer radiofrequency ablation to give you long-lasting relief. Call the office or use the online booking feature today to find out if the procedure is right for you.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q&A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive, pain-reducing treatment that uses radio waves to heat and destroy nerves. Doing so diminishes pain signals sent to your brain. It helps you achieve long-lasting relief from many types of pain, including:

  • Neck, back, or knee pain
  • Nerve pain
  • Facial pain
  • Arthritis pain
  • Cancer pain
  • Other types of ongoing discomfort

Radiofrequency ablation may eliminate the need to take harsh medicines or undergo invasive procedures.

What are the benefits of radiofrequency ablation?

The benefits you may experience from radiofrequency ablation at Alaska Pain to Wellness Center include:

  • Decreased need for medicine
  • Improved musculoskeletal function
  • Reduced discomfort
  • No surgery
  • Little to no downtime
  • Long-lasting relief

Radiofrequency ablation allows you to live pain-free, with improved musculoskeletal functioning and a better overall quality of life.

Is radiofrequency ablation right for me?

The Alaska Pain to Wellness Center team determines if you’re a candidate for radiofrequency ablation after reviewing your lifestyle habits, medical history, and symptoms. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam, and may order blood tests and an imaging procedure (X-rays, a CT scan, or an MRI).

Your Alaska Pain to Wellness Center provider might inject a local anesthetic near the pain source to see if it goes away. If so, radiofrequency ablation could be a good match for you.

What should I expect during the procedure?

Your pain specialist numbs the treatment area to ensure you avoid discomfort. The Alaska Pain to Wellness Center team offers a sedative to help you relax. While you lie on your stomach, they use X-rays to guide and place a needle into painful tissues. An electrode sends radio waves through the needle to heat and destroy painful nerves without damaging surrounding tissues.

Each treatment could last 30 minutes or more than two hours, as every patient is different.

What happens after radiofrequency ablation?

You can usually go home soon after radiofrequency ablation but have a friend or family member drive you. Take it easy for the rest of the day. 

You may experience temporary muscle spasms, soreness, or tenderness at the injection sites. Ice the treatment area as needed. If your pain specialist asks you to, attend physical therapy sessions to further reduce pain and prevent its return.

To find out if radiofrequency ablation is right for you, call the Alaska Pain to Wellness Center office or use the online booking feature today.