In this video hear from one of Dr. Puppala’s patients immediately after having the procedure. You can hear from the patient his positive remarks and how optimistic he is for the future.
- Non-surgical, minimally invasive but effective pain relief
- Performed in an out-patient facility
- No down time, patient can resume normal activities in just a few hours
- Provides a greater range of motion
- Minimizes the need for pain medications
- Long-lasting relief up to 2 years
- Improved quality of life
This minimally invasive outpatient procedure can provide long-lasting relief to those suffering from facet joint pain, chronic low-back and neck pain. Radiofrequency Ablation has proven to be a safe and effective way to treat some forms of pain. It is also generally well-tolerated, with very few associated complications. V. K. Puppala, M.D. is well known for the treatment and has patients come from all over Georgia including Atlanta, Dallas, Douglasville, Vinings, Milton, Roswell, and Alpharetta.
The Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure
The radiofrequency machine uses electrical currents produced by a radio wave to heat up the nerves in the area of the patient’s pain to 80 degrees Celsius for one minute.
- Joint Injections
- Knee Injections
- Shoulder Injections
- Hip Injections
Platelet Rich Plasma Injections
- Spinal Cord Stimulation
- Percutaneous Disc Decompression
- Intradiscal Electrothermal Annuloplasty (IDET)
- Minimally Invasive Procedures
- Medical Orthotics
- Medication Management
- Chronic Opioid Therapy
How to Prepare for a Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure
You will receive instructions from one of Dr. Puppala’s specially trained nurses prior to your day of the procedure. You will be instructed not to eat or drink anything after midnight the day before. Diabetic patients may have additional instructions and may need to adjust their dosages of insulin the day of the procedure. Be sure and bring your diabetes medication with you so you can take it after the procedure. Continue to take all other medications with a small sip of water. Do not discontinue any of your medications unless specified by your primary or referring physician.
If you are having local anesthesia for the procedure, you will need to bring someone with you to drive you home. They should know that they must stay on the premises during the procedure. You should not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours after the procedure. Some patients opt to not have anesthesia for the procedure and in that case, they may drive themselves home. Be sure to discuss all your options with Dr. Puppala. Call 770-627-7246 or 770-MAP-PAIN today to set up an appointment.