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Alternative Pain Measures Available at Cabinet Peaks Medical Center

Thanks to the generosity of one family and the forward thinking of one of Cabinet Peak's Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) Cabinet Peaks Medical Center now offers radiofrequency ablation, an alternative pain management treatment.

Nerve ablation is a method used to reduce certain kinds of chronic pain by preventing the transmission of pain signals to the brain. It is a safe procedure in which a portion of nerve tissue is destroyed or removed and can be done in different ways including heat, cold, chemicals. Radiofrequency ablation, the type offered at CPMC, is a heat-based treatment to stop pain signal transmission.

CRNA was the driving force behind brining this technology to Lincoln County. "Other hospitals I travel to are doing ablation therapy and many of the pain clinics in the country who I have affiliation with are doing ablation therapy as well. It can offer longer lasting relief from the pain without pharmaceuticals. Occasionally, this treatment can even cause permanent relief for people. I've seen such amazing results with this type of treatment that I really thought it was important to offer it to our community."

Kent has been offering pain management at Cabinet Peaks via steroid and other injections for some time. He; Deb McRaven, CRNA; and Robin Olsen, CRNA now offer knee, hip, and shoulder ablations as well, and will soon be offering ablations for lumbar and S.I. joints. "The ablation is an important treatment option and can offer a longer therapeutic resolution than many of the steroid injections available," Kent added.

The procedure is done with on-going fluoroscopy so that the CRNA knows exactly where the ablation needle is entering and how it is positioned in the body. There are safety measures built into the ablation machine itself to ensure high levels of safety. The procedure takes approximately 45-90 minutes and happens in the Operating Room. A day or two before the ablation, the patient undergoes a diagnostic block, during which the patient is awake, to ensure the ablation will be effective. If the diagnostic block is effective, and the ablation is scheduled to take place, the patient will be put under light to moderate sedation on the day of the procedure.

Kent is grateful to the donors for making this possible at Cabinet Peaks. "The individuals who donated the funds for this project are in high regards to this facility for their care and consideration of our community. Their gift is helping to improve quality of life for our community."

Kate Stephens, Executive Director of the Foundation added, "These particular donors have been extremely generous to our Foundation and to our hospital and have a strong desire to help our aging population here in Lincoln County. They were the catalyst behind our Palliative Care Room and have now helped us in this endeavor. We are more grateful to them than we could ever express in words!"

Nerve ablation is not effective for everyone. Depending upon the level of physical damage to affected area, patients may require surgical procedures, versus less invasive management. See your primary care provider for a referral to Cabinet Peaks CRNAs for an evaluation.