Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) is a heat treatment. It is a very safe and effective procedure that is performed when the regular steroid SI Joint injections provide only a temporary relief.
In this situation, the next step procedure is Radiofrequency which usually provides prolonged pain relief from several weeks to over a year.
Eventually the nerves will slowly, over time, regenerate, and if that occurs, the procedure can be repeated.
Radiofrequency is a very commonly performed procedure by Dr. Sammarone and consists applying heat energy near the nerves that provide sensation to the SI joint, therefore deactivating the nerves that are responsible for the pain.
This procedure does not result in numbness of the arms or legs.