Nerve Ablation for Chronic Pain
What is nerve ablation?
The destruction (also called ablation) of nerves is a method that may be used to reduce certain kinds of
Your doctor will first identify the nerve or nerves that are sending pain signals to your brain. You will have a test that uses a
During the procedure, you may have X-rays to pinpoint where to put the medical tool that will be used. After you receive a
This procedure is done in an operating room and takes between 20 minutes to 1 hour or longer depending on how many, and which, nerves are being blocked. If the nerve that is blocked is not the nerve that is causing the pain, your pain will not be reduced.
Nerve ablation is not effective for everyone. If you have not responded well to other treatment, such as diagnostic local anesthesia nerve blocks, nerve ablation will probably not work for you.
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