Patients with chronic pain often benefit from radiofrequency ablation (RFA). This procedure gently “heats” a small area of nerve tissue, thereby curbing the pain signals that would otherwise be transmitted by those nerve fibers. Patients that may benefit from RFA include those suffering from low back and neck pain, as caused by facet joint disease and spondylosis (degenerative arthritis). Many individuals that suffer with chronic pain experience relief after treatment, and this relief can last for six months to one year or even longer. Some patients report mild discomfort at the treatment site, but this discomfort generally subsides after a day or two. Due to the general safety of the procedure and the extended period of relief afforded by RFA, the treatment has become a great option for a wide range of patients.
Prior to performing RFA, a patient meets with their physician for an evaluation. The physician describes the procedure in detail, covering all aspects of the RFA. If the patient desires to pursue the treatment, he or she generally receives a mild sedative and local anesthetic, which minimizes any discomfort felt during the procedure. The physician then inserts small needle(s) near the area of pain, and guides the instrument to the target area with the help of x-ray technology (flouroscopy). A microelectrode inserted through the needle stimulates the intended nerve tissue with radiofrequency current. The physician may ask the patient several questions during this process to optimize the overall treatment. Following the procedure, the patient is typically observed in the recovery area while the sedation wears off, and then the patient is discharged home. Patients should carefully follow their physician’s recommendations to ensure proper healing.
About the Author
Dr. Daniel Batlan is the Medical Direoctor of Specialized Pain Management, which has six locations in Southern Nevada (www.treatpainlv.com). A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, he subsequently earned his Doctor of Medicine degree from The Loyola University of Chicago School of Medicine. Next he completed his Anesthesiology Residency and Pain Management Fellowship at the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, respectively. One of Nevada’s leading pain management specialists, Dr. Daniel Batlan consistently employs the most cutting-edge treatments to provide an optimal level of care.
One of the most common procedures utilized by Dr. Daniel Batlan involves the injection of small amounts of cortisone into the spine to alleviate pain associated with degenerative conditions and other ailments. This treatment, along with other services offered by Dr. Daniel Batlan at the Specialized Pain Management clinic, is meant to treat those who experience moderate to severe pain.
Cortisone, one of the hormones released by the adrenal glands when a person responds to stress, is a steroid hormone. When it is introduced to the body’s immune system, cortisone reduces inflammation, pain, and swelling at the injury site. Inflammation of a particular joint, tendon, or bursa can be relieved through a cortisone shot directly into the shoulder, knee, or elbow. Dr. Daniel Batlan also offers epidural, facet, trigger point, sacroiliac, hip and knee, and stellate ganglion injections. After a cortisone shot has been administered, pain relief often begins within twelve (12) hours.
For more information about pain management options, individuals can visit the Specialized Pain Management website at www.treatpainlv.com. This comprehensive website includes extensive information about the field of pain management, as well as the educational background of Dr. Daniel Batlan and numerous testimonial letters from his patients.