Advanced Interventional Pain Management
Interventional Pain Management Specialists located in Hot Springs, AR & Little Rock, AR
When you need long-lasting pain relief, minimally invasive surgical procedures such as radiofrequency ablation, kyphoplasty, spinal cord stimulators, or interspinous spacers can truly change your life. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management, skilled physicians Jacob Abraham, MD, and Jose Garcia, MD, use their extensive experience to ensure the most effective pain relief for patients in their community. The practice has a convenient surgery center in Hot Springs, Arkansas, along with offices in Hot Springs, Little Rock, Texarkana, El Dorado, Arkadelphia, and Mena, Arkansas. To learn more about our minimally invasive procedures and if it’s right for you, call the office or book an appointment online today.
Minimally Invasive Procedures Q & A
When do I need a minimally invasive procedure?
Dr. Abraham or Dr. Garcia may recommend a minimally invasive procedure if it’s the best way to improve your function and decrease your pain.
Minimally invasive procedures can also help you reduce, or possibly eliminate, your need for pain medication. And it can help you avoid more invasive procedures that have a much longer recovery.
What is radiofrequency ablation?
Dr. Abraham or Dr. Garcia may recommend an ablation procedure for joint or nerve pain. Radiofrequency nerve ablation helps with chronic back, neck, or knee pain, and also referred pain that starts in these areas.
In this type of minimally invasive procedure, your doctor heats the nerve fibers to cause a lesion that prevents pain signals from being relayed to your brain. Options include:
Radiofrequency facet joint ablation
A facet joint ablation targets the nerves that pass through your facet joints, the bone connectors for your spine.
Radiofrequency sacroiliac joint ablation
A sacroiliac joint ablation targets the sacroiliac joint nerves in your pelvis.
Radiofrequency genicular nerve ablation
Genicular nerve ablation treats the nerves surrounding your knee. Radiofrequency ablation procedures could potentially ease your pain for six months to three years.
What is a spinal cord stimulator?
A spinal cord stimulator is a small device that Dr. Abraham or Dr. Garcia implants near the nerves causing your pain. The stimulator sends mild electrical impulses to your spinal cord.
The electrical impulses mask the pain signal transmission to your brain, which can reduce or stop your pain. Spinal cord stimulators are often effective if options like injections or ablation weren’t helpful.
What is kyphoplasty?
Kyphoplasty is a treatment for fractures in your spinal vertebrae, a common effect of osteoporosis. In this procedure, Dr. Abraham or Dr. Garcia surgically places a tiny balloon tamp into the fracture. Then, they inflate it to return the vertebrae to normal dimensions.
After withdrawing the balloon tamp, your surgeon injects an acrylic cement to maintain a normal vertebral structure.
What is an interspinous spacer?
An interspinous spacer is a vertebral implant that treats back and leg pain caused by spinal stenosis. At Advanced Interventional Pain Management, Dr. Abraham and Dr. Garcia use the Superion® InterSpinous Spacer to perform the Vertiflex™ procedure.
In this procedure, a tiny implant separates the compressed vertebrae and widens the too-narrow space around your spinal nerves to relieve your spinal stenosis pain.
Learn more about minimally invasive surgery by calling Advanced Interventional Pain Management or use on the online appointment scheduler today.