Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure that can provide relief from chronic neck or back pain. It is usually covered by insurance, and Medicare beneficiaries may be eligible for coverage if their doctor deems it medically necessary. Depending on where the procedure is performed, Medicare Part A or Part B may help cover the cost. In most cases, Medicare Part B will cover the cost of RFA if it is done in an outpatient setting.
This means that you may be responsible for coinsurance or a copayment, as well as your monthly premium payment and any amount to meet your deductible. Nerve ablation is a method used to reduce certain types of chronic pain by preventing the transmission of pain signals. It involves destroying or removing part of nerve tissue to interrupt pain signals and reduce pain in the affected area. This procedure can be done using heat, cold, or chemicals, and is referred to as radiofrequency ablation, cryoablation, neurotomy, or rhizotomy depending on the method used.