Physician Detail

Ricardo J. Taboada, MD


Practice

Jonathan A. Kost, MD, LLC

Specialty

Pain Medicine < Accepting new patients for this specialty
Anesthesiology, Board Certified < Accepting new patients for this specialty

Areas of Interest

Cancer Pain Management, Chronic Pain Management, Interventional Pain Management, Musculoskeletal Pain Management

Physician Quicklink

https://hartfordhospital.org/RicardoTaboada

Institute URL

https://hartfordhealthcare.org/services/pain-treatment

Phone

860.696.2840

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Gender
Male

Languages
English
Spanish


Office Locations



Bio

If you suffer from knee pain…there is a non-surgical treatment option that may help. It’s called Cooled Radio-frequency Ablation.

Dr. Ricardo Taboada is an Anesthesiologist specializing in Pain Management at the Hartford Hospital Pain Treatment Center.

Q, This sounds very interesting…what is Cooled Radiofrequency and how does it work to block the pain…

A. Radiofrequency is used for many chronic neck, knee and back conditions including post-surgical pain conditions. A patient’s candidacy is usually determined by the degree of a patient’s pain relief from a diagnostic Nerve Block. The degree of success with the nerve block will determine if radiofrequency will be helpful. Once a structure has been determined to be a pain generator, its nerve supply is targeted for interruption. A small insulated needle or RF cannula is positioned next to these nerves with fluoroscopic X-ray guidance by the interventional pain specialist. The shaft of this cannula covered with a protective insulation so that the electric current only passes through the tip into the surrounding tissues. After a successful test confirms good cannula tip position, a local anesthetic is injected to numb the area. The RF generator is then used to heat the cannula tip for up to 90 seconds, and the targeted nerve is cauterized (destroyed).

Q. Which patients would be the ideal candidate for this procedure that would benefit the most?

A. Radiofrequency is used for many chronic neck, knee and back conditions including post-surgical pain conditions. A patient’s candidacy is usually determined by the degree of a patient’s pain relief from a diagnostic Nerve Block. The degree of success with the nerve block will determine if radiofrequency will be helpful.

Q. What can patients expect following the procedure in terms of a reduction in pain?

A. By selecting nerves that carry pain impulses and selectively cauterizing the nerve, pain can be reduced for periods of several months to a year. The goal of interventional pain procedures is to increase function. By reducing or eliminating the pain for longer periods of time, patients are more active and have a better quality of life. This procedure is no more painful than many other interventional pain management procedures.

Q. Is this covered by insurance?

A. It is covered by insurance.

If you would like more information, please call 1-855-HHC-HERE.

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Education

Fellowship

  • Baystate Medical Center, Pain Management

Med School

  • Universidade Central del Caribe School of Medicine

Professional Organizations

American Society of Regional Anesthesia and Pain Medicine
American Society of Anesthesiologists
American Academy of Pain Management


Insurance Accepted*

Aetna, Anthem, BCBS Medicare, Cigna Healthcare, Colonial Cooperative Care, Community Health Network of Connecticut, Inc., Connecticare, Connecticare Commercial, Connecticare Medicare, Corvel, Coventry, Essence Healthcare, Evercare, First Health Group Corp., Focus, Harvard Pilgrim, Health Connecticut, Health Direct, Health New England, Healthy Connecticut, HMC/Northeast Healthcare, Medspan Commercial, Medspan Medicare, Multiplan, Northeast Health Direct, One Health Plan/Great-West Healthcare, Oxford Health Plans, Prime Health Services, Private Health Care Systems, Inc., Senior Whole Health, United Healthcare, WellCare of Connecticut, Inc.

*This information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your insurance provider before scheduling your appointment or receiving services to confirm they are a participating member of the Hartford HealthCare network.



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