Sacroiliac Joint Radiofrequency Ablation


RFAWhat is a Sacroiliac Joint Radiofrequency Ablation?

Sacroiliac Joint Radiofrequency ablation, also called Neurotomy or Rhizotomy is a procedure performed by at RA Pain Services to treat patients who are suffering with back pain secondary to Sacroiliac joint dysfunction.  Radiofrequency Energy is a type of heat energy that is created by a special generator at very high frequencies. With the use of this specialized generator, heat energy is created and delivered with precision to target nerves that carry pain impulses, in this case the sacroiliac joint. Radiofrequency ablation is used to provide pain relief of longer duration than that provided by Sacroiliac Joint injections. By selectively destroying nerves that carry pain impulses to the large joint, patients can expect significant pain relief lasting  anywhere from a few months to up to 12 months.

Who is a Candidate for a Sacroiliac Joint Radiofrequency Ablation?

Typically patients who are diagnosed with Sacroiliac Joint dysfunction, and who have previously had significant but temporary pain relief from Sacroiliac Joint Injections.  

What are the Benefits of Sacroiliac Joint Radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive, non surgical, steroid-Free treatment, which provides pain relief of longer duration than injections, lasting anywhere from several months to a year. The procedure is performed in outpatient surgical center,  with fluoroscopic guidance (X-Ray), and patients return to work usually next day.