Radiofrequency Ablation Specialist

Zhuping Chang, MD -  - Internal Medicine

Zhuping Chang, MD

Internal Medicine located in Plainsboro, NJ

If you’re living with chronic pain and your symptoms don’t respond to traditional treatments like over-the-counter painkillers or ice and heat therapy, you may want to consider radiofrequency ablation. At her practice in Plainsboro, New Jersey, internal medicine physician Zhuping Chang, MD, proudly offers radiofrequency ablation using the cutting-edge Surgitron® Dual EMC/90 by Cynosure®. To request your radiofrequency ablation consultation today, call the office or request an appointment online.

Radiofrequency Ablation Q & A

What is radiofrequency ablation?

Radiofrequency ablation is a state-of-the-art pain management technique that involves Dr. Chang using an electric current to heat up a small area of nerve tissue. Ultimately, this process prevents your nerves from sending pain signals, providing relief from chronic discomfort caused by arthritis and general wear and tear. 

What happens during a radiofrequency ablation appointment?

Dr. Chang offers radiofrequency ablation on-site in her comfortable, welcoming offices. Before radiofrequency ablation treatment, Dr. Chang administers intravenous medications to help you relax. Once you’re comfortable, you’re asked to lie down on an X-ray table. 

Next, Dr. Chang numbs the area of skin being treated with a local anesthetic. Once the anesthesia sets in, Dr. Chang:

  • Inserts a thin needle into your skin
  • Runs a microelectrode through the needle
  • Sends a radiofrequency current through the electrode, heating your nerve tissue

Dr. Chang performs radiofrequency ablation as an outpatient procedure, meaning you can return home on the same day of your treatment. 

Is radiofrequency ablation effective?

Radiofrequency ablation has a proven track record of success. Most people experience immediate pain relief following treatment, and symptoms tend to improve for weeks. Radiofrequency ablation doesn’t provide permanent results, but it can ease your pain for months or even years at a time. 

What type of equipment is used during radiofrequency ablation?

Dr. Chang uses the Surgitron® Dual EMC/90 by Cynosure®. This cutting-edge piece of equipment allows physicians to perform advanced surgical procedures in the office. Unlike other types of radiofrequency ablation, the Surgitron Dual EMC/90 features a high frequency of 4.0 MHz. This minimizes heat dissipation and cellular alteration, ensuring better, longer-lasting results. 

What is recovery like following radiofrequency ablation?

Following radiofrequency ablation, Dr. Chang sends you home with a list of recovery instructions. In the first 24 hours after treatment, you should avoid driving or participating in any type of strenuous activity. Eat a healthy, well-balanced diet, get plenty of rest, and take your medications as prescribed. You should be able to return to work and other normal activities within two days of your appointment.

Am I a candidate for radiofrequency ablation?

To determine if you’re a candidate for radiofrequency ablation, make an appointment with Dr. Chang. Following a physical exam, review of your medical history, and discussion of your goals, she can develop a treatment plan that aligns with your individual needs.

Don’t let chronic pain prevent you from living an active, healthy lifestyle. Request a radiofrequency ablation consultation at Zhuping Chang, MD, today by calling the office or using the online booking tool.