New Radiofrequency Ablation Procedure Performed in Texas

A Dallas physician has performed a multiple cooled radiofrequency ablation of the sacroiliac joint using new equipment, marking the first such procedure to be performed in the state.

During the surgery, Chad Stephens, DO, of North Texas Spine and Sport burned the nerves in the sacroiliac joint with internally cooled radiofrequency probes. Radiofrequency energy generates heat in the surrounding tissue while internal cooling of the electrode probe moderates the temperature near the tip allowing for increased accuracy, he said.

The combination creates several spherical-shape lesions for treating multiple targets without effecting surrounding tissue. The result is pain reduction or elimination which can last up to two years.

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