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Tomorrow am having Radiofrequency vein ablation of the Great saphenous. But I now have sore throat cough runny nose. Is it safe to go ahead with it?

Tomorrow am having Radiofrequency vein ablation of the Great saphenous. But I now have sore throat cough runny nose. Is it safe to go ahead with it?

No procedure: Most practitioners would postpone the surgery. Airway management is crucial in all surgeries and with a sore throat cough and runny nose it is NOT safe to go ahead with the procedure. This is an elective procedure and not an emergency. In an elective procedure the risks of airway compromise are great. It is not worth the risks associated with a cold and airway management ...Read more

Dr. Ira Friedlander
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Ablation (Definition)

Cardiac ablation involves destruction of tissue aimed at elimination of sources of origin or propagation of arrhythmias. It may also be used to destroy part of the heart in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy. Typically it is done with a catheter inserted through a ...Read more


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Is there a risk of emptynose syndrome from radiofrequency turbinate ablation reducing first turbinate?

Is there a risk of emptynose syndrome from radiofrequency turbinate ablation reducing first turbinate?

Possible: The empty nose syndrome is from too vigorous reduction in the turbinate. Whether you will end up with it or not depends on the vigor of the reduction. It is usually better to be a little less enthusiastic in reducing the turbinate than over vigorous. One can always get more done later. ...Read more

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Has radiofrequency turbinate ablation ever lead to empty nose syndrome? This question for doc experienced in procedure and knowledgeable about ENS

Has radiofrequency turbinate ablation ever lead to empty nose syndrome? This question for doc experienced in procedure and knowledgeable about ENS

ENS and turbinates: Greetings. Yes, any turbinate reduction procedure can lad to Empty Nose Syndrome. The likelihood of this actually occurring is rather small with this procedure hen performed by experienced surgeons. I would recommend you address all our questions and concerns before your scheduled procedure. Ask for your surgeon's results. I perform this procedure n our office under local anesthesia without ENS. ...Read more

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Ent suggest radiofrequency turbinate ablation to help me breathe and smell better only doing first turbinate any risk emptynose syndrome?

Ent suggest radiofrequency turbinate ablation to help me breathe and smell better only doing first turbinate any risk emptynose syndrome?

Always: There is always a risk to any surgery. Nasal surgeries have never been known for their wonderful and successful outcomes. Be careful what you do here ...Read more

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Not been able to fully breathe/smell for 9 months ent suggest radiofrequency turbinate ablation does it help people smell again besides breathing?

Not been able to fully breathe/smell for 9 months ent suggest radiofrequency turbinate ablation does it help people smell again besides breathing?

Very risky stuff: It is true that your organ for smell is at the top of your nose and your turbinates are anatomically below. Check a good anatomy book. But to do a radio-frequency ablation sounds to me like clearing out the undergrowth in this patch of dry forest by lighting a small fire here. I would definitely get a second or even a third opinion and preferably not in your town but at a university medical center ...Read more

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Has there been any cases of empty nose syndrome from radiofrequency ablation? Ent said no they do it in office no cutting of turbinate only shrink

Has there been any cases of empty nose syndrome from radiofrequency ablation? Ent said no they do it in office no cutting of turbinate only shrink

Empty nose: Please follow your doctor's care.
I also notice you have headache, insomnia, mood changes. You MUST see a Psychologist about this without too much delay.
I am confident that this should improve your concerns.
Please keep me posted. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after a radiofrequency nerve ablation?

Do I have to bring someone along, or can I drive after a radiofrequency nerve ablation?

Care post nerve rx: I would need more info about this which should be obtained from your md. Type of nerves treated? Type of anesthetic delivered? For example a temporal nerve ablation with no sedation would easily permit driving home but more extensive peripheral nerve treatments may require general and/or IV sedation in which case you should have a designated driver and someone to assist you post op. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can radiofrequency cardiac ablation help cure arrhythmia?

Can radiofrequency cardiac ablation help cure arrhythmia?

Yes: The more general term for the procedure is catheter ablation. In essence the abnormal tissue in the heart that is supporting or causing the arrhythmia can be destroyed by either burning it (radiofrequency ablation) or by freezing it (cryoablation). For many arrhythmias, this treatment is highly effective with cure rates approaching 100%. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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

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

No: Usually the pr inteval returns to normal and the delta wave is no longer seen. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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 ...Read more

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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. ...Read more