RadioFrequency Ablation – RFA

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RadioFrequency Ablation (RFA)

Better than Laser Spine Surgery!

– Smaller Needle
– Less Invasive
– Covered by most insurance

What is a Radiofrequency Ablation?

A Radiofrequency Ablation or RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that can help manage and provide lasting relief to multiple pain syndromes, the most common of these is arthritic facet joints. The RFA is very safe and can be used for the Cervical, thoracic, and lumbar parts of the spine.  The RFA is a technique that uses heat to disable sensory nerves which are the pain-transmitting nerves in the spine.  When the heat is applied it shuts off the transmission of pain signals to the brain.

How does a Radiofrequency Ablation relieve my pain?

The Radiofrequency ablation is able to relieve pain by using heat to disable the pain-transmitting nerves, when the sensory nerves undergo this heat treatment they stop transmitting pain to the brain.

What Can I expect during and after this procedure?


  • The procedure usually takes 15-30 minutes
  • The patient lies flat on his/her abdomen
  • The area of the injection is cleaned and numbed with lidocaine
  • The patient is put under with a light sedation
  • Using live X-Ray (fluoroscopy) for guidance, the physician inserts an electrode towards the (facet joint) medial or lateral nerve branch (sacroiliac joint)
  • Once placement is confirmed, a high-frequency electrical current is passed through the electrode, heating up and burning the sensory nerve.


  • The patient is usually monitored for 15-30 minutes before being discharged.
  • The patient must have a driver
  • Patients are usually asked to rest the day of the injections
  • Normal activities can be typically resumed within 24-48 hours following the injection
  • Patients can start feeling relief 2-4 weeks after the procedure and in some cases it can take up to 6-8 weeks to feel the full effects of the RFA.

Dr. Asraf Hanna and guest Janet helm Live on CBS News describing Radiofrequency Ablation and the amazing, fast results this treatment does for neck, back, hip and knee pain!


Dr. Asraf Hanna performs an RFA surgery on a patient at the Florida Spine Institute in Clearwater, Florida


Published Clinical Evidence

Radiofrequency ablation for chronic low back pain: a systematic review of randomized controlled trials.

Efficacy of pulsed radiofrequency treatment on the saphenous nerve in patients with chronic knee pain.

Pulsed radiofrequency treatment in interventional pain management: mechanisms and potential indications-a review.

Radiofrequency and pulsed radiofrequency treatment of chronic pain syndromes: the available evidence.

About Ketamine Therapy

Intravenous (IV) ketamine infusion therapy has emerged as a treatment option for a variety of chronic pain conditions including fibromyalgia, small fiber neuropathy, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS), reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and psychiatric conditions including depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), suicidal ideation,

and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Dr. Hanna is America’s top doctor offering IV Ketamine Infusion treatment, with over 1,000 treatments performed. Patients are reporting amazing, miraculous results with only a few treatments.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is Ketamine Safe?

Ketamine has a very safe track record and has been in use since the 1970s. Ketamine causes very little depression of a patient’s respiratory drive, which is why is has been attractive as an anesthetic agent in the military and in developing countries.

Who will oversee my infusions?

Our highly trained nurse practitioners or physician assistants will oversee your infusions and will monitor your vital signs through the process.

What safe practices are in place at

Even though Ketamine has a very high safety profile, all patients are placed on cardiac monitoring and pulse oxygenation monitoring. sets the standard for patient safety

Will my infusions take place in a private setting?

At, each patient receives an infusion in a private room with observation by trained staff.

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