How to Prepare for Radiofrequency Ablation

You may be instructed not to eat or drink anything after midnight before your procedure. Your doctor will tell you which medications you may take in the morning.

Tell your doctor all medications that you are taking, including herbal supplements, and if you have any allergies, especially to local anesthetic medications, general anesthesia or to contrast materials (also known as "dye" or "X-ray dye"). Your doctor may tell you to stop taking aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or a blood thinner for a specified period of time before your procedure.

Also tell your doctor about recent illnesses or other medical conditions.

Women should always inform their doctor or X-ray technologist if there is any possibility that they are pregnant. Radiation is not good for the fetus. If an X-ray is necessary, precautions will be taken to minimize radiation exposure to the baby.

You should plan to have a relative or friend drive you home after your procedure.

You will be given a gown to wear during the procedure.