Radiofrequency Ablation


Radiofrequency neurotomy, also known as radiofrequency ablation (RFA), is a minimally invasive procedure that offers effective pain relief by targeting and disrupting specific nerves responsible for transmitting pain signals. This procedure is commonly performed to alleviate chronic pain in the neck, back, and joints, such as the facet joints in the spine.

During the radiofrequency neurotomy procedure, a specialized needle with a heating element at its tip is inserted near the targeted nerve under the guidance of fluoroscopy or ultrasound imaging. The heating element generates radiofrequency waves that create a controlled lesion on the nerve, impairing its ability to transmit pain signals. Local anesthesia is used to ensure patient comfort throughout the procedure.

One of the significant advantages of radiofrequency neurotomy is its long-term pain relief effects, which can last from several months to years for individual patients. This procedure is considered safe and effective, particularly when conservative treatments have proven ineffective. However, it is important to note that radiofrequency neurotomy does not treat the underlying cause of the pain but rather provides relief by interrupting the pain signals.


Radiofrequency neurotomy offers several benefits for individuals seeking pain relief. This non-surgical and minimally invasive procedure effectively alleviates pain, allowing patients to resume their normal activities within a few hours. By targeting and disrupting specific nerves, radiofrequency neurotomy can improve range of motion and reduce the need for pain medications. It provides long-lasting relief for up to two years, significantly enhancing the quality of life for individuals suffering from facet joint pain, chronic low-back pain, and neck pain. This procedure is safe, well-tolerated, and associated with minimal complications. Patients from various locations in Georgia, including Athens and Macon, trust Comprehensive Medical Clinic for this renowned treatment.


The radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure utilizes a specialized machine that generates electrical currents through radio waves. These currents are carefully directed to heat up the nerves in the specific area where the patient is experiencing pain. The targeted nerves are exposed to temperatures of approximately 80 degrees Celsius for a duration of one minute.

The controlled heat applied to the nerves during the RFA procedure disrupts their ability to transmit pain signals effectively. By altering molecular structures within the nerve tissue, the function of the nerves is impaired, reducing the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

To ensure precise targeting of the affected nerves, the RFA procedure is performed under the guidance of imaging techniques such as fluoroscopy or ultrasound. This ensures maximum effectiveness while minimizing the potential for damage to surrounding tissues. Patient comfort is prioritized throughout the procedure, and local anesthesia is administered.

Radiofrequency ablation has been proven to be a safe and effective treatment option for various types of chronic pain, including facet joint pain, chronic low-back pain, and neck pain. It offers a minimally invasive alternative to surgery and has shown positive outcomes in providing long-lasting pain relief for many patients.


At Comprehensive Medical Clinic, our team of specialists will provide you with detailed instructions to prepare for your radiofrequency ablation (RFA) procedure. Adhering to these instructions is crucial for a smooth and successful procedure.

Typically, you will be advised not to eat or drink anything after midnight on the day before your procedure. If you have diabetes, additional instructions regarding insulin dosage adjustments may be provided. It is important to continue taking all other medications as prescribed, with a small sip of water, unless otherwise specified by your primary or referring physician.

If you are receiving local anesthesia for the procedure, it is essential to arrange for someone to accompany you to the clinic. This individual must remain on the premises during the procedure. It is important to note that if you opt for local anesthesia, you should not drive or operate machinery for at least 24 hours after the procedure. However, some patients may choose not to have anesthesia and can therefore drive themselves home. We encourage you to discuss all your options and concerns with a doctor at Comprehensive Medical Clinic to determine the best approach for your specific needs.

To schedule an initial appointment or for further information, please call 470-766-7246 today. Take the first step towards long-lasting pain relief with radiofrequency neurotomy at Comprehensive Medical Clinic.

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