What is a nerve ablation?


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Nerve ablation is the erosion or removal of nerve tissue. This is usually done intentionally by a medical professional to ease pain from chronic conditions such as arthritis. Due to the delicate nature and sensitivity of nerve tissue, the technique used is not surgical, but rather uses radiation.

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Radiofrequency ablation, or RFA, targets nerves that carry pain signals from body parts experiencing chronic pain. The radio waves heat up the area targeted and cause the nerve tissue to erode. The nerve is not excised entirely, but its ability to signal pain from the affected area is lessened. Eventually the tissue grows back, requiring another procedure. Nerve ablation via this method is considered minimally invasive and safe.

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