The ablation (or destruction) of nerves reduces certain kinds of chronic pain by preventing the transmission of pain signals. This pain management methodology can be successfully applied using heat, cold, or chemicals. It is a safe way to remove a portion of nerve tissue for isolated pain relief.

The nerve ablation procedure occurs in an operating room (OR) and lasts anywhere from 20 minutes to over an hour. It can cause a buzzing or tingling sensation.

The effectiveness of this pain management treatment depends on the ability of the nerve to respond to diagnostic local anesthesia. Even if the procedure is successful, the nerve often tries to grow back. If the nerve regenerates, pain relief will wane within six to nine months.

Signs and Symptoms

  • Chronic pain
  • Pain that responds to local anesthesia

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