COOLIEF* Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation
If you’re one of the millions of Americans who suffer from debilitating back pain, you probably care less about the underlying reasons for your pain than you care about getting lasting relief from that back pain. Fortunately, spine doctors have access to several exciting new technologies that provide long-term, effective, non-narcotic back pain relief options. One of the most innovative is called COOLIEF*, which is a form of radiofrequency ablation.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure that uses heat to destroy nerve fibers responsible for back pain. After identifying which spinal nerves are responsible for a patient’s back pain, the spine doctor performs radiofrequency ablation to destroy part of those nerves. Guided with x-ray imagery, the doctor guides a tiny probe into the spinal area until it is positioned next to a targeted nerve. Radiofrequency electrical waves pass through the probe, heating it up and creating a lesion that prevents the nerve from sending pain signals to the brain. The procedure usually takes less than an hour, and patients are able to go home the same day. The targeted nerves still function, they’re just unable to transmit pain sensations.
What Makes COOLIEF* Radiofrequency Ablation Different?
Like other radiofrequency ablation procedures, COOLIEF* disrupts pain signals. Unlike other radiofrequency ablation procedures, COOLIEF* circulates water through the probe at the same time the nerves are being heated. This creates a larger treatment area that leads to better long-term pain relief and ensures that pain-transmitting nerves being targeted are not overheated. This method protects the surrounding muscle tissues from side effects like inflammation. COOLIEF* is simply a better version of a proven pain-relieving procedure.
Why Choose COOLIEF* for Pain Relief?
COOLIEF* cooled radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive, low-risk procedure that delivers effective pain relief without the unpleasant and potentially harmful side effects of prescription narcotics, and without the risk, downtime, and recovery time of major invasive surgery. COOLIEF* provides effective pain relief in an outpatient setting, with fewer risks and side effects of alternative treatments for chronic back pain. COOLIEF*:
- Provides pain relief that begins about a week after treatment and usually lasts about a year
- Leads to significantly improved mobility
- Is non-addictive
- Requires no hospital stay
- Requires no general anesthesia
- Involves no incision or scarring
Contact our COOLIEF* Physicians
If you suffer from debilitating pain, you may be an ideal candidate for COOLIEF* treatment if your pain has lasted for three months or longer, other pain treatments are ineffective, you prefer to avoid opioid pain medications, and you are not a candidate for or don’t wish to have surgery. Visit our one of our pain specialists located throughout the Greater South Houston-area to learn more about COOLIEF* treatment, and to find out if it’s right for you.