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  • Writer's pictureDimitris Aspros

Neurolysis for chronic arthritic pain and tendinitis!

I am pleased to announce that after extensive training I am now offering neurofrequency neurolysis for chronic joint pain as well as refractive tendinitis pain. Radiofrequency neurolysis also called ablation is a safe and effective technique used in pain management to desensitize specific nerves and reduce pain impulses using radio waves.

Radiofrequency neurolysis is performed in the operating theatres under local anaesthetic with monitoring and if needed, sedation.

Most patients feel mild discomfort only during the placement of the needle. After that, local anesthetic is used to prevent pain.The procedure is done under local anesthesia, under conscious sedation, since you will need to be able to tell your doctor what you are feeling to improve the results of the test.

After sterilizing the area, a small amount of local anesthetic is used to numb the skin. Then, small hollow needles are inserted in the numbed area to the desired locations using x-ray (fluoroscopy) to ensure precise placement of the needle. A probe, attached to a radiofrequency generator, is then inserted through one or more of the hollow needles. Then, radio waves produced by the radiofrequency generator are used to desensitize the nerves that are contributing to the pain you are experiencing.

The procedure usually takes 15 to 20 minutes and is followed by a short observation period.

After the procedure patients usually are instructed to take it easy on the day of the procedure. Results from the injection usually occur within 2-5 days and you may experience continued improvement over the next several days. Full benefit may take longer (ie three weeks).

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