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Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Ratnayake Pain Management

Dilangani Ratnayake, MD

Pain Medicine Physician & Anesthesiologist located in Palm Desert, CA

If you are looking for a minimally invasive treatment for chronic pain relief, Dilangani Ratnayake, MD, at Ratnayake Pain Management can help. She offers radiofrequency ablation to relieve your pain naturally without extensive downtime. Schedule an appointment by calling the office in Palm Desert, California, or book online to learn more about radiofrequency ablation.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q&A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure in which Dr. Ratnayake uses electric currents to heat tissues and prevent nerves from sending pain signals to your brain. She might recommend radiofrequency ablation if you suffer from long-lasting pain.

Am I a good candidate for radiofrequency ablation?

Dr. Ratnayake may recommend radiofrequency ablation if you suffer from arthritis pain, neck pain, lower back pain, or other forms of chronic pain that haven’t responded to physical therapy and other conservative treatments. 

To find out if you’re a good candidate for the procedure, Dr. Ratnayake reviews your symptoms and medical history. She completes a physical exam and may use blood tests, X-rays, MRIs, or other diagnostic imaging procedures.

How should I prepare for radiofrequency ablation?

Arrange for a friend or family member to drive you home after radiofrequency ablation. She may recommend you stop taking certain medicines for a period of time before treatment. Bring these medications with you on the day of the procedure.

What should I expect during radiofrequency ablation?

Dr. Ratnayake numbs your skin with a local anesthetic, so you don’t feel any pain, and insert a needle into areas near your spine using X-ray guidance. She sends small radiofrequency currents through electrodes to nerve tissues to heat them.

What happens after the procedure?

After radiofrequency ablation, you can usually go home the same day. Plan to have someone drive you home, however. You might experience immediate pain relief after treatment, with optimal results appearing over time. 

Soreness at the treatment site can last a few days. However, you may be able to return to normal activities, such as driving and physical activity, the day after the procedure.

Results from radiofrequency ablation can last 6-12 months or longer. After that, nerve tissues may regenerate.

Don’t live with chronic pain that diminishes your quality of life when you don’t have to. Schedule a consultation with Ratnayake Pain Management over the phone or online to find out if radiofrequency ablation is right for you.