Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that typically involves a small incision being made in the skin followed by insertion of a thin needle or probe which is directed to the target site under imaging guidance. This reduces the need for large surgical incisions and can lead to shorter recovery times compared to traditional surgery.
Generating Radiofrequency Energy: A specialized device generates high-frequency electrical currents, typically in the range of radiofrequency waves. This energy is directed from the tip of the probe into the target tissue.
Creating Heat: When the radiofrequency waves reach the target tissue, the resistance of the tissue to the electrical current generates heat.
Tissue Destruction: The heat generated by the radiofrequency waves causes the abnormal tissue, such as tumors or damaged nerves, to be destroyed. This is especially useful in treating conditions like certain types of cancers, and pain from certain nerve conditions.
Post-Procedure Recovery: Recovery time can vary depending on the specific condition being treated but is typically very short on the order of just a few hours to a few days.