A friend of ours over at RGS Healthcare shared with us that radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a new, less invasive procedure that doctors mostly use to treat abnormal heart rhythms, arrhythmias, and other medical conditions. It involves using radio frequency energy to heat up or ablate areas of tissue that are causing interference with the standard electrical signals within the body. The most common uses for RFA include:
Atrial fibrillation (AFib)
Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm characterized by rapid, uncoordinated beating of the atria. RFA can help control AFib in certain patients who cannot tolerate other treatments, such as medicines or anticoagulants.
Ventricular tachycardia (VT)
VT is an abnormally fast heartbeat that originates from the ventricles. RFA can help reduce the risk of sudden death associated with VT.
Certain types of pain management
RFA has been used for many years to treat chronic pain caused by nerve damage and arthritis. Experts are also studying its potential use in treating other types of pain, including back pain, neck pain, and cancer-related pain.
Varicose veins and venous insufficiency
RFA can be used to improve blood flow in varicose veins and eliminate them entirely. It also helps treat venous insufficiency, which results in poor circulation in the leg veins.
RFA is sometimes used to treat hyperhidrosis, which causes excessive sweating. The treatment involves using radio frequency energy to ablate sweat glands in the affected area.
RFA has been used to treat benign thyroid nodules, the noncancerous lumps on the thyroid gland. The procedure can help reduce or eliminate the size of a nodule and relieve any symptoms it may be causing.
Radiofrequency ablation has proven safe and effective as a treatment for many medical conditions. It can help improve heart health, reduce chronic pain, and eliminate unsightly veins. Also, only a qualified and experienced physician familiar with the procedure should perform it. Furthermore, patients should discuss the risks and benefits of performing RFA with their doctor before the process. …