Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Mathew Lefkowitz, MD -  - Interventional Pain Medicine

Mathew Lefkowitz, MD

Interventional Pain Medicine located in Brooklyn Heights, NY

Pain can be an incredibly frustrating condition to deal with, often persisting despite your most ardent efforts at relief. As an interventional pain management specialist, Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, provides an innovative technique that goes straight to the source of your pain — the nerves that are sending the signals. Through radiofrequency ablation, Dr. Lefkowitz helps his patients in Brooklyn Heights, New York, find much-needed relief from hard-to-treat pain. To learn more about radiofrequency ablation, call to book an appointment.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

If you’ve been struggling with chronic pain, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) goes straight to the source of the pain by neutralizing the nerves responsible for transmitting the pain signals. Using radiofrequency energy, Dr. Lefkowitz targets the nerves that are sending the pain signals and heats them up to create a lesion that blocks the pain impulses from reaching your brain.

Depending upon the extent of your problem, as well as the location, Dr. Lefkowitz uses either continuous radiofrequency or pulsed radiofrequency in order to quiet the nerves.

What conditions can radiofrequency ablation treat?

Dr. Lefkowitz uses RFA for a host of conditions, including:

  • Neck pain
  • Low back pain due to sciatica, spinal stenosis, herniated discs
  • Hip, shoulder, and knee pain
  • Complex regional pain syndrome
  • Facet and sacroiliac joint diseases

Whether you have nagging persistent pain or pain only with certain movements, RFA can provide you with the relief you need to move about freely again.

What happens during a radiofrequency ablation procedure?

Typically, Dr. Lefkowitz first performs a test to make sure that he targets the correct nerve roots. During this procedure, he numbs the surface of your skin and then uses fluoroscopy (X-ray guidance) to target the nerves he believes are responsible for your pain. Dr. Lefkowitz’s practice features two state-of-the-art fluoroscopy machines, allowing him to perform the procedure right in his Brooklyn office.

If you experience relief for the next 24 hours, you go in for a second visit where Dr. Lefkowitz uses the same fluoroscopic technique to deliver radiofrequency energy into the problematic nerves for longer-term relief. The heat energy that Dr. Lefkowitz delivers creates a lesion in the tissue that stops the nerves from sending pain signals.

Dr. Lefkowitz performs an RFA on an outpatient basis, which means you’re free to return home afterward. You may feel some soreness, which goes away in a few days, but you can return to your normal activities.

Your RFA should provide relief from your chronic pain for 6-12 months, at which point you return for a follow-up RFA treatment.

To find out whether radiofrequency ablation will provide you with the relief you’re looking for, call Mathew Lefkowitz, MD, or request an appointment using the online scheduling tool.