The duration of pain relief after radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for the lumbar spine can vary from person to person. However, on average, the pain relief from RFA can last anywhere from six months to two years. In some cases, the pain relief may be longer-lasting, while in others, the pain may return sooner.
It’s important to note that RFA is not a permanent solution for back pain. Over time, the nerves that were treated with RFA may regenerate, causing pain to return. If this happens, a repeat RFA procedure may be necessary.
It’s also important to note that RFA is typically used as a treatment option for chronic low back pain that has not responded to other conservative treatments. The success of the procedure can depend on factors such as the cause of the pain, the location of the nerves causing the pain, and the skill of the physician performing the procedure. As with any medical procedure, it’s important to discuss the potential benefits and risks of RFA with your healthcare provider to determine if it is the right treatment option for you.