Best Radiofrequency Ablation Doctors in India

Dr. Ajay Kaul

Dr. Ajay Kaul

Heart Surgeon | Chairman & HOD – Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery; BLK Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Ashok Seth

Dr. Ashok Seth

Interventional Cardiologist | Chairman, Cardiology – Interventional; Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. K. Madhan Kumar

Dr. K. Madhan Kumar

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon | Senior Consultant – Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery, Apollo Hospitals Greams Road, Chennai | Contact for Appointment & assistance

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Dr. Krishna Subramony

Dr. K.S. Iyer

Pediatric Heart Surgeon | Chief Consultant – Pediatric Cardiac Surgery; Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Mukesh Goel

Dr. Mukesh Goel

Heart Surgeon | Senior Consultant – Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery; Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. N Sastri

Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon | Senior Consultant ; Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi | Contact for Appointment & assistance

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Dr. Naresh Trehan

Dr. Naresh Trehan

Heart Surgeon | Chairman & Managing Director – Cardio Thoracic & Vascular Surgery; Medanta – The Medicity, Gurugram, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Praveen Chandra

Dr. Praveen Chandra

Interventional Cardiologist | Chairman (Heart Institute), Interventional Cardiology; Medanta – The Medicity, Gurugram, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Praveer Aggarwal

Dr. Praveer Aggarwal

Interventional Cardiologist | Executive Director – Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology; Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Rahul Chandola

Dr. Rahul Chandola

Heart Surgeon | Associate Director – CTVS & Heart & Lung Transplant; Max Smart Super Specialty Hospital, New Delhi, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Rajesh Sharma

Dr. Rajesh Sharma

Pediatric & Adult Heart Surgeon | Sr. Consultant – Pediatric Cardiac Surgery; Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, New Delhi, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Sandeep Attawar

Dr. Sandeep Attawar

Heart Surgeon | Director & Chairman – CTVS, Heart & Lung Transplantation & Mechanical Circularity Support; Gleneagles Global Hospital, Chennai | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. T Sundar

Dr. T Sundar

Cardiothoracic Surgeon, Vascular Surgeon | Senior Consultant – Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgery; Apollo Hospitals Greams Road, Chennai | Contact for Appointment & assistance

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Dr. T. S. Kler

Dr. T. S. Kler

Vascular Surgeon | Chairman – Vascular and Endovascular Surgery, Fortis Heart and Vascular Institute; Fortis Memorial Research Institute, Gurugram | Contact for Appointment & assistance

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Dr. Vishal Rastogi

Dr. Vishal Rastogi

Interventional Cardiologist | Principal Consultant – Interventional Cardiology; Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi, India | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Yugal K Mishra

Dr. Yugal K Mishra

Heart Surgeon | Chief of Clinical Services, Head of Cardiac Sciences & Chief Cardio Vascular Surgeon; Manipal Hospital, Dwarka, New Delhi | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Dr. Z.S. Meharwal

Dr. Z.S. Meharwal

Heart Surgeon | Director & Coordinator – Cardiovascular & Thoracic Surgery; Fortis Escorts Heart Institute, New Delhi | Contact for Appointment & assistance!

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Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally invasive procedure for destroying the nerve fibers that carry pain signals to your brain. It can provide relief to people who are suffering from chronic pain, especially in the lower back, neck or arthritis joints. If you are suffering from recurrent pain and you have experienced proper relief with a nerve block injection, you are likely a candidate for this procedure.

Also, termed as rhizotomy, this procedure uses heat for reducing or stopping the pain transmission. The procedure has several benefits, which include avoiding the need for surgery, immediate pain relief, very little recovery time, decreased need for pain medication, improved function as well as a quicker return to work and other activities.

Purpose

Radiofrequency ablation is able to help patients who are suffering from chronic low-back and neck pain, which is generally related to the degeneration of joints from arthritis.

The procedure is known to be quite safe and effective, with very few complications associated with it. However, the procedure is not suitable for everyone, such as people who have an active infection or bleeding problems. It is best to discuss with your doctor if you are a candidate for the procedure if you are considering it.

Preparation

Your doctor will first need to examine your medical history and previous imaging tests so that he/she can plan the best location for the ablation. If you have any questions, you should ask them to him/her.

Patients who take aspirin or a blood thinner may need to stop it for some days before the procedure is performed. It is best to discuss which medications you can stop and which ones you are able to continue.

Procedure

The procedure is generally performed on an outpatient basis. Make sure that you arrange to have someone drive you to and from the hospital or outpatient center on the day of the procedure.

You will also need to take a few precautions for the treatment.

  • Do not consume food within six hours of your appointment; however, you can have any clear liquids until two hours before the procedure is performed.
  • If you are suffering from diabetes and use insulin, you will need to adjust the dosage of insulin on the day of your procedure. Your doctor will help you with this adjustment. Bring your diabetes medication with you so you will be able to take it after the procedure is complete. You should be able to take any other medications with a small sip of water unless your doctor recommended against taking them.

 

The procedure may or may not be performed using anesthesia. If anesthesia is not used, you will be awake and conscious during the procedure. First, you will need to lie on your stomach on the surgery table. If sedation is required, an IV line will be used for it.

Next, the skin over the treatment area is cleansed, so that any risk of infection is minimized. Then the physician numbs a small area of skin, by injecting a medicine for numbing the injection site.

Fluoroscopy might be used for directing the RFA needle towards the medial or lateral branch nerves. Once the needle tip is accurately placed, an active electrode is inserted through the needle. Then a small amount of electrical current is passed next to the target nerve, at a safe distance from the other nearby nerves.

After confirming the target nerve, a heat lesion is created using radiofrequency ablation. This process might be repeated for any additional nerves if required.

The procedure should not take over 90 minutes.

Aftercare & recovery

Generally, most patients are able to walk right after the procedure. After being monitored for a while, you are usually able to leave the office or hospital. You will need to book a cab or have a friend or family member drive you home.

Any pain from the procedure can last up to fourteen days, though this is generally due to the residual effects of the nerve ablation or muscle spasm. Within three days, you should be able to resume your daily activities. Though in around ten days, you should start seeing pain relief, sometimes, it might take around three weeks.

It is important for you to schedule a follow-up appointment with the doctor so that you are able to document the efficacy and address any remaining concerns that you might have for any future treatment or expectations.

Results

The pain relief should generally last from 9 months to over 2 years. If the nerve regrows through the burned lesion created by the procedure, the relief will last for 6-12 months.

If required, the procedure can be repeated.

Risks & complications

The risk of any complications from this procedure is generally low. Though infection and bleeding at the incision site are a possibility in some cases, they are quite uncommon.

Temporary side effects can include:

  • Bruising and swelling at your incision site
  • Weakness or numbness in the legs

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