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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Radiofrequency Ablation (Overview)

It is a medical procedurei which a part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, tumor or any other dysfunctional tissue is ablated using the heat generated from the high frequency alternating current to treat a medical disorder.


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What is radiofrequency ablation?

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Thermal Lesion: Radiofrequency ablation is a procedure where thermal energy is used to ablate/cut a nerve in half. This will in essence stop transmission of signals through that nerve, mainly pain signals. This technology can be used for treating the spine, nerve pain disorders, also be used for heart problems and treat tumors.

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Dr. Qamar Khan
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Radiofrequency Ablation (Overview)

It is a medical procedurei which a part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, tumor or any other dysfunctional tissue is ablated using the heat generated from the high frequency alternating current to treat a medical disorder.


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How long does it take to recover from radiofrequency ablation?

Not long: Recommendations vary and you should discuss with the physican who performs the procedure. Most of my patients are back to full activities in 2 days.

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What is the definition or description of: radiofrequency ablation?

What is the definition or description of: radiofrequency ablation?

Medical Procedure: It is a medical procedurei which a part of the electrical conduction system of the heart, tumor or any other dysfunctional tissue is ablated using the heat generated from the high frequency alternating current to treat a medical disorder.

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What are the normal side effects of radiofrequency ablation?

What are the normal side effects of radiofrequency ablation?

Pain: I assume you are speaking of spinal medial branch facet joint ablation. Most patients understandably want immediate relief. Some do get that. Others do not. Some times it takes a couple of weeks before you notice a difference. It does not work on some people. But the "normal" side effect is continued discomfort up to a couple of weeks. If pain exceeds that it probably is not going to work.

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Are the long term effects of radiofrequency ablation known yet?

Are the long term effects of radiofrequency ablation known yet?

No: No major side effects have been brought to light from radiofrequency ablation procedures except for some numbness in the area that may persist.

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I had a radiofrequency ablation 4 days ago and I'm having palpatations. Is this normal?

I had a radiofrequency ablation 4 days ago and I'm having palpatations. Is this normal?

Not uncommon: This may be due to elimination of medication, enhanced awareness of the heartbeat, extra beats which used to be the triggers for tachycardia, or perhaps due to episodes of the arrhythmia which was being treated with ablation. It is especially common after an atrial fibrilllation ablation to have recurrent spells for a while post ablation.

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Any benefit having radiofrequency ablation for barrett's esophagus?

Any benefit having radiofrequency ablation for barrett's esophagus?

Yes: Radiofrequency ablation has the potential to eradicate your barrett's esophagus. I recommend you consult with a nearby gastroenterologist who performs this procedure.

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Is a radiofrequency ablation of a benign aldosterone producing adenoma < 2.0cm technically feasible?

Is a radiofrequency ablation of a benign aldosterone producing adenoma < 2.0cm technically feasible?

Not that I'm aware: Hi. I've never heard of RF ablation being used in the case of an adrenal adenoma. maybe it's being done experimentally somewhere, but it's not an accepted treatment.

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Had radiofrequency ablation but still have to take beta blockers and have a couple of problems?

Had radiofrequency ablation but still have to take beta blockers and have a couple of problems?

Not perfect: Ablation is an excellent treatment for certain arythmias but often requires a repeat procedure. Sometimes there is more than one site that needs treatment as well. The procedure is not without some risk as well. Some pts have experienced perferations and high grade heart block requiring permanent pacemakers.

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What possible side effects could radiofrequency ablation have when done on lower back nerves without anesthesia?

What possible side effects could radiofrequency ablation have when done on lower back nerves without anesthesia?

Radiofrequency Ablat: More side effects from anethesia. The main side effect of radiofrequency ablation is some discomfort, including swelling & bruising at the treatment site that usually goes away after a few days. Leg numbness may develop due to the local anesthesia given during the procedure. It should only last a few hours. Mild back discomfort can occur as the local anesthetic wears off & typically lasts 2-3 days

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Is a radiofrequency ablation of a benign aldosterone-producing adenoma feasible? If not, why not just resect tumor instead of entire gland?

Is a radiofrequency ablation of a benign aldosterone-producing adenoma feasible? If not, why not just resect tumor instead of entire gland?

Resection: Only the surgeon who will do this can explain to you what should be done and why. Surgeons who work on the adrenal are almost always excellent so I would highly recommend that you follow the advice.

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What is the recovery like after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

What is the recovery like after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Vein RX Recovery: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks

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In what way is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

In what way is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Vein Recovery: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks

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After undergoing radiofrequency ablation, would? Wpw still be visible on your ecg?

After undergoing radiofrequency ablation, would? Wpw still be visible on your ecg?

WPW: After ablation in most cases your ekg should be normal. Ther are few cases when there is still evidence of abnormal conduction on the ekg, but those are rare.

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After doing radiofrequency ablation, would traces of WPW still be visible on your ecg?

After doing radiofrequency ablation, would traces of WPW still be visible on your ecg?

Wpw: If an ablation for WPW is successful the classic changes of WPW should not be present. There might be changes which mimic them however produced by the ablation damage but they shouldn't be early repolarization.

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After undergoing radiofrequency ablation, are traces of WPW still visible on your ecg?

After undergoing radiofrequency ablation, are traces of WPW still visible on your ecg?

Hope Not: If we got it, we got it. There should be no traces of the WPW (what we call delta waves) left behind. If the ablation was incomplete, the "pathway" can come back over time.

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Can you tell me how is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Can you tell me how is the recovery after great saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation?

Recovery vein RX: After saphenous vein radiofrequency ablation, the recovery is minimal. There is very little discomfort afterwards (my patients usually report a pain level of 1 on a scale of 1-10). The discomfort is usually controlled with ibuprofen or Tylenol (acetaminophen) alone & does not limit normal activities. Most patients go back to work immediately with no restriction. You may want to avoid vigorous exercise for 1-2 wks

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What is the surgical options for herniated disc. Is it includimg radiofrequency ablation?

What is the surgical options for herniated disc. Is it includimg radiofrequency ablation?

No: Radiofrequency does not help with the herniated disc. Surgical options are plenty, I would suggest seeing a surgeon to discuss your options.

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Dr. James Chapman
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