Radiofrequency ablation complications and management

Jacob Lambert, Alyson M. Engle

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Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure which utilizes electric current to create heat within a tissue and provide a targeted lesion. It involves the image-guided insertion of a needle, which will deliver electric current to the target area. The tip of the needle increases in temperature and will produce a lesion in the target tissue. RFA is not without complications. Although RFA is generally considered a low-risk, safe procedure, the clinician should be vigilant of the potential complications that may arise. This chapter discusses the management of complications during radiofrequency ablation and the guidelines associated with safe utilization of ablative therapies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRadiofrequency Ablation Techniques
Subtitle of host publicationA Volume in the Atlas of Interventional Techniques Series
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9780323870634
ISBN (Print)9780323875356
StatePublished - Jan 1 2023


  • chronic pain
  • complications
  • management
  • radiofrequency ablation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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