What is a nerve ablation?

Nerve ablation is a minimally invasive procedure performed to destroy nerve fibers that are causing pain, therefore preventing the transmission of pain signals. It can be performed using heat, cold or chemicals.

The damage to your nerves blocks them from sending pain signals to your brain. Unfortunately, the nerve often tries to grow back. If the nerve does grow back, the results will be temporary and usually last for around 6 to 9 months. The procedure can be repeated if the nerve grows back.

Why would you need a nerve ablation?

Patients may be referred for this procedure if they are suffering from chronic pain that is not alleviated with pain meds alone. It is also recommended for patients with chronic pain that are trying to avoid surgery and need a quick recovery in order to return to work and other activities. To test successful pain relief, a diagnostic nerve block is performed prior to an ablation.

Risks Involved

Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.

Conditions to let us know about

Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.

Insurance coverage

A nerve ablation is covered by most private insurance providers as well as Medicare. We will seek authorization from your insurance company prior to your procedure.

Preparing for your procedure

If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. If your procedure requires sedation, then you will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.

Recovering from your procedure

You may possibly receive mild to moderate sedation during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.

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