To perform a radiofrequency ablation procedure, a doctor needs specialized equipment for measuring and mapping out the areas of the body where they will apply energy. This equipment may include an ultrasound device with electrodes that help guide the needle into the correct spot to target the area precisely. Also, the physician needs specialized tools, such as forceps and rasps, to break up scar tissue, if any exists, as well as local anesthesia to temporarily numb the area before treatment.
Finally, they need special monitoring devices that track temperature during the procedure to ensure they don’t damage the surrounding tissues or nerves. Once they have gathered all necessary items and checked for accuracy, it is time for the doctor to begin the radiofrequency ablation procedure.
The doctor will first clean and prepare the area for treatment. Next, they will use ultrasound imaging to locate the target nerve or tissue before inserting a thin needle. After this, they will use their specialized tools to break up scar tissue before applying the radiofrequency energy. The doctor will continuously monitor the temperature throughout the procedure to ensure accuracy and safety. Once finished, they will remove the needle and dress the site with an antibiotic ointment and bandage.
A follow-up appointment is usually necessary to evaluate how well the procedure went and discuss any potential risks or side effects that could result from it. Radiofrequency ablation can be a safe and effective treatment option for specific medical conditions. Still, taking all necessary precautions and safety measures is vital to ensure the best possible outcome.
Also, discuss the treatment with your doctor to know what it entails and possible side effects. And don’t miss follow-up appointments after the procedure.