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Radiofrequency Neuroablation

Treatment for Chronic Back and Neck Pain

Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure used to reduce pain. Pain specialists at Barnes-Jewish West County use an electrical current produced by a radio wave to heat up a small area of nerve tissue, thereby decreasing pain signals from that specific area.    

Physicians at the Pain Management Center at Barnes-Jewish West County use radiofrequency neuroablation to relieve patients suffering from chronic lower back and neck pain. Also, patients with pain associated with the degeneration of joints with arthritis can benefit from RFA.

Bob’s Story: Finding Pain Relief in the Retirement Years with Radiofrequency Neuroablation

Years of continuous pain in both his lower and upper back made Bob George wonder if he would be able to enjoy his retirement.

The 75-year-old Byrnes Mill, Mo., resident sought treatment with Dr. Guarino for his back pain at the Pain Management Center about six years ago. An avid cyclist, George rides with his wife, Dorothy, 16 miles a day, three days a week, and so pain was not going to get in his way.

For a few years, he had spinal injections that provided relief for about three months at a time, he says. “A year ago, I found out about radiofrequency neuroablation, and it’s made my life better,” he says.
The procedure, also known as nerve burning, alters the nerve signals coming from painful joints, Dr. Guarino says. It gives about six to nine months of pain relief and can be repeated.

“Dr. Guarino explains things very thoroughly and told me there were no guarantees, but it’s been amazing,” George says. “The procedure only lasts about 10 minutes, and I need someone to drive me. It’s a long way to the doctor’s office for me, but he’s the best, and it’s worth the trip.”



Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital
Washington University Pain Management Center
969 N. Mason Road, Suite 204
Creve Coeur, MO 63141

Barnes-Jewish West County Hospital is conveniently located just one mile west of I-270 on Olive Boulevard, at Olive and Mason in Creve Coeur, Missouri, a west county suburb of St. Louis, Missouri.

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You will need a referral from your physician to schedule an appointment. If you are experiencing chronic pain, contact your physician and ask if you are a candidate for pain management services.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, call Washington Unversity Pain Management at 314.996.8631.




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