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Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Lynx Healthcare

Pain Management Practice located in Albuquerque, NM & Farmington, NM

Chronic neck, back, knee, and other joint problems can cause debilitating pain. The board-certified pain management specialists at Lynx Healthcare in Farmington and Albuquerque, New Mexico, offer minimally invasive radiofrequency ablation to help you achieve effective, long-lasting relief. Call the nearest office or book an appointment online to find out if radiofrequency ablation is right for you.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minor procedure in which the Lynx Healthcare team uses a tiny needle and radiofrequency energy to heat nerves, disrupting pain signals to your brain. Radiofrequency ablation can eliminate back, neck, knee, and other joint pain.

Am I a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation?

To figure out if radiofrequency ablation is the right pain management solution for you, the Lynx Healthcare team reviews your medical history, asks about the type and severity of pain you have, and completes a physical exam. They might recommend you undergo blood tests, nerve testing, MRIs, X-rays, ultrasound, or CT scans to find the source of your pain.

If you suffer from recurrent discomfort and have had relief after nerve block injections, radiofrequency ablation might be a good match for you.

What should I do before the procedure?

Follow all pre-procedure instructions before undergoing radiofrequency ablation at Lynx Healthcare. Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after treatment, and stop taking certain medications if recommended.

What happens during radiofrequency ablation?

Just before radiofrequency ablation, the team at Lynx Healthcare uses a local anesthetic to numb the treatment site. They also offer a low-dose sedative to relax you. 

While you lie down comfortably, the team uses fluoroscopic assistance to insert a needle into targeted areas, heat nerves, and disrupt pain signals. A fluoroscope is an instrument that produces a live X-ray image. Each procedure might last up to 45 minutes.

What should I expect during my recovery?

After radiofrequency ablation, you rest in a recovery area before having someone drive you home. After 24-72 hours, you can return to work and other everyday activities. Pain relief can occur after about 10 days, but you might feel better much sooner than that.

Call Lynx Healthcare if your pain doesn’t subside after a few weeks, and attend all scheduled follow-up appointments. 

Pain relief associated with radiofrequency ablation can last two years or longer. Lynx Healthcare offers repeat procedures as needed to give you long-lasting results.

Don’t live with chronic, debilitating pain when radiofrequency ablation offers highly effective relief. Schedule an appointment with Lynx Healthcare by phone or online today to find out if the procedure is right for you.