COOLIEF* Radiofrequency Ablation

Radiofrequency ablation is an effective, long-term pain relief treatment that does not use narcotic drugs. The procedure involves using heat to deactivate nerve fibers responsible for pain.
What is Radiofrequency Ablation?
After identifying which spinal nerves are causing a patient’s back pain, the doctor performs radiofrequency ablation to deactivate the part of those nerves that are signaling pain. Guided with x-ray imagery, the doctor guides a tiny probe into the spinal area until it is positioned next to the targeted nerve. Electrical pulses are passed through the probe, heating it up and destroying the part of the nerve that was sending pain signals to the brain. The targeted nerves still function, they’re just unable to transmit pain sensations.

There is a numbing agent given to the local area being treated. The patient remains awake during the procedure that usually takes less than an hour. Patients are able to go home the same day.

What is COOLIEF* Radiofrequency Ablation?
Like other radiofrequency ablation procedures, COOLIEF* disrupts pain signals. Unlike other radiofrequency ablation procedures, COOLIEF* uses water-cooled technology. Water is circulated through the probe at the same time the nerves are being heated. This creates a larger treatment area that leads to better, long-term pain relief and ensures that pain-transmitting nerves being targeted are not overheated, which protects surrounding muscle tissues from side effects like inflammation. COOLIEF* is simply a better version of a proven pain-relieving procedure.
Conditions Treated With Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is often used on patients with:

Possible Side Effects of COOLIEF*
The side effects of radiofrequency ablation are typically very minor and occur at the needle insertion site. This includes:

  • Bruising or skin discoloration
  • Minor bleeding
  • Swelling

Some patients may experience leg numbness but typically subsides in a few hours after the procedure.

Conditions Treated With Radiofrequency Ablation
Radiofrequency ablation is often used on patients with:

Possible Side Effects of COOLIEF*
The side effects of radiofrequency ablation are typically very minor and occur at the needle insertion site. This includes:

  • Bruising or skin discoloration
  • Minor bleeding
  • Swelling

Some patients may experience leg numbness but typically subsides in a few hours after the procedure.

Why Choose COOLIEF* for Back Pain Relief?
One of the primary concerns for many patients is finding a way to avoid using narcotic medications for a long-term pain relief solution. COOLIEF* cooled radiofrequency ablation makes it possible to provide pain relief for an extended period of time without the use of narcotics, without surgery, and with no extensive downtime. Most patients are able to get back to a better level of mobility after COOLIEF*.
Why Choose COOLIEF* for Back Pain Relief?
One of the primary concerns for many patients is finding a way to avoid using narcotic medications for a long-term pain relief solution. COOLIEF* cooled radiofrequency ablation makes it possible to provide pain relief for an extended period of time without the use of narcotics, without surgery, and with no extensive downtime. Most patients are able to get back to a better level of mobility after COOLIEF*.
Contact Our COOLIEF* Physicians
If you suffer from debilitating pain, you may be an ideal candidate for COOLIEF* treatment if your pain has lasted for three months or longer, other treatments are ineffective, you prefer to avoid opioid pain medications, and you are not a candidate for or don’t wish to have surgery.

Request an appointment with our pain specialists located in The Woodlands to learn more about COOLIEF* treatment, and to find out if it’s right for you.

Contact Our COOLIEF* Physicians
If you suffer from debilitating pain, you may be an ideal candidate for COOLIEF* treatment if your pain has lasted for three months or longer, other treatments are ineffective, you prefer to avoid opioid pain medications, and you are not a candidate for or don’t wish to have surgery.

Request an appointment with our pain specialists located in The Woodlands to learn more about COOLIEF* treatment, and to find out if it’s right for you.