What is Radiofrequency ablation?

Category: Procedures

Most popular types: Occipital nerve radiofrequency ablation

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Radio frequency ablation (RFA) is a medical procedure using high frequency current (heat) to treat a medical disorder; the high frequency current kills off the dysfunctional tissue and may help to relieve nerve pain, correct abnormal electrical heart rhythms, or decrease bleeding.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Pain in lower back 32 10
Pain 16 7
Stiffness in neck 8 5
Atrial fibrillation 5 2
Supraventricular tachycardia 4 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 2
Moderate 5
Mild 5
None 13

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Radiofrequency ablation

Side effect Patients Percentage
Numbness 2
Pain 2
Burning sensation in skin 1
Deep aches 1
Fatigue 1
Hypothyroidism 1

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Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 14
Usually 2
Sometimes 4
Never taken as prescribed 5
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 9
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 2
Not at all hard to take 7
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 0
$50-99 3
$25-49 0
< $25 7
Not specified 12
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Radiofrequency ablation.