Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA):

Lasting relief from pain—without surgery or drugs

RFA is a well-established, drug-free pain management solution that is clinically proven to provide safe, effective relief from pain.

Learn about RFA from Boston Scientific

Watch this short guide to learn how radiofrequency ablation works.

The RFA procedure

RFA is a simple, minimally invasive outpatient procedure. Your pain specialist targets pain-causing nerves and uses a radiofrequency current to interrupt the pain signals at their source.

Target the Nerve

X-ray or ultrasound imaging helps guide a special probe to the target nerve. Electrodes stimulate nerves near the area to help determine the optimal treatment locations.

Disable the Nerve

The electrodes then send a small radiofrequency current into the surrounding tissue. This heats the tissue and disables the nerve so it stops sending pain signals.

Repeat for Multiple Pain Areas

Generally, one to four nerves are targeted in one procedure to maximize pain relief.

How does RFA fit my pain?

RFA can target pain in multiple parts of your body. If you have pain in more than one place, your doctor can address them all in a single treatment. RFA works well with:

  • Neck
  • Shoulder
  • Back
  • Lower back
  • Hip
  • S.I. joint
  • Leg
  • Knee
  • Foot

Real-world results

Studies show that RFA provides effective, lasting relief from pain

Pain Relief

80% of patients reported a clinically significant reduction in pain with RFA1

Patient Satisfaction

Over 85% of patients reported being satisfied with the improvement in their symptoms1​

Lasting Relief

Patients reported continued pain relief at 12 months after their procedure.1 RFA procedures can be repeated to extend relief.2​

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