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://hartfordhealthcare.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

Dr. Taboada is an anesthesiologist specializing in pain management, joining the Pain Treatment Center.

This Center addresses the medical, physical and psychological aspects of pain.

A multidisciplinary team works with patients and their primary care providers to diagnose and develop treatment plans to minimize pain and restore functionality.

The Pain Center treats pain caused by numerous conditions including back pain (sciatica, spinal stenosis, arthritis, pinched nerves and muscle spasms), work injuries, cancer, shingles, nerve injury, joint pain, reflex sympathetic dystrophy and other acute and chronic conditions.

A conversation with Dr. Ricardo Taboada about Radio-frequency Ablation for Chronic Pain.

HHC: WHAT IS RADIO-FREQUENCY ABLATION?

A. Once a structure has been determined to be a pain generator, its nerve supply is targeted for interruption through radio-frequency ablation. 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).

HHC: WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE? HOW DOES IT WORK TO ACTUALLY BLOCK THE 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.

HHC: WHO IS A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR RADIO-FREQUENCY?

A. Radio-frequency 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 radio-frequency will be helpful.

HHC: IS IT PAINFUL?

A. This procedure is no more painful than many other interventional pain management procedures.

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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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