IonicRF™ Generator

Treating chronic pain with radiofrequency ablation (RFA) therapy

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Abbott’s latest innovation in RFA therapy

Part of the suite of chronic pain therapies, the IonicRF™ Generator brings high-efficiency performance1 to pain relief, targeting discrete areas that include:

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Upper2 and lower2 back


Sacroiliac joint4


Facial pain5

Therapy versatility

The IonicRF™ Generator provides flexible chronic pain management to treat a variety of patient populations, and covers a range of procedure types:

  • Monopolar RF
  • Bipolar RF
  • Pulsed RF
  • Pulsed Dose RF
  • Sacroiliac (SI) denervation with the Simplicity™ RF Denervation Probe

The system offers intelligent control of the Simplicity™ RF Denervation Probe, which has three independent electrodes to create a true strip lesion with a single insertion point. The result is greater anatomical coverage in less time.4

Efficient, reliable chronic pain relief

IonicRF™ Generator features include:

  • The ProCharge™ intelligent power algorithm ensures efficient temperature ramping and ablation,1
  • Real-time temperature monitoring for consistent, predictable lesion formation,6-7 and
  • Four independently controlled channels, to treat four sites at once, with either simultaneous or staggered start options.1,6

The system is also compatible with Abbott’s comprehensive portfolio of needles—16, 18, 20, and 22 gauge—as well as single-use and reusable electrodes.6

Developed for patients. Designed for you.

Quick set-up and navigation

The design of the IonicRF™ Generator enables healthcare teams to quickly become proficient in its use.8 The system features:

  • Ergonomic form and streamlined navigation,8
  • Intuitive user interface which promotes ease of use,8
  • 12″ responsive touch screen designed to be read across the room,9
  • Ability to save customized settings for individual physician users and procedures,
  • Small, portable unit that easily fits in standard procedure rooms, and
  • ProbeID™ intelligent probe setup allows for automatic probe detection and configures therapy settings accordingly.

Ordering information

Reorder NumberDescription
RFG-IONICIonicRF™ Generator


Reorder NumberDescription
Bundle RF-POLEPole Mount Bracket and Pole
RF-DGP-ISIonicRF™ Generator Grounding Pad

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  1. Abbott IonicRF™ Generator System Compatibility DVTR (90619520). 2020.
  2. Manchikanti L, Kaye AD, Boswell MV, et al. A systematic review and best evidence synthesis of effectiveness of therapeutic facet joint interventions in managing chronic spinal pain. Pain Physician. 2015;18(4):E535-E582.
  3. Manchikanti L, Hirsch JA, Kaye AD, Boswell MV. Cervical zygapophysial (facet) joint pain: effectiveness of interventional management strategies. Postgrad Med. 2016;128(1):54-68.
  4. Bayerl SH, Finger T, Heiden P, et al. Radiofrequency denervation for treatment of sacroiliac joint pain—comparison of two different ablation techniques. Neurosurg Rev. 2018;43(1):101-107.
  5. Li Y, Yang L, Ni J, Dou Z. Microvascular decompression and radiofrequency for the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia: a meta-analysis. J Pain Res. 2019;12:1937-1945.
  6. Abbott IonicRF™ Generator Clinician’s Manual. Plano, TX, 2022.
  7. Abbott. IonicRF Accessory Compatibility Validation Report (90627604). 2020.
  8. Abbott. IonicRF™ Generator Summative Validation Report (90624300). 2020.
  9. Abbott. IonicRF™ Generator User Needs Validation Report (90624319). 2020.

Important Safety Information

IonicRF™ Generator

Prescription And Safety Information

Read this section to gather important prescription and safety information.

Intended Use

The IonicRF™ Generator, in combination with approved compatible electrodes and cannulae, is intended for lesioning of neural tissue in the nervous system as an aid in the management of pain. 

Indications For Use

The IonicRF™ Generator, in combination with approved compatible electrodes and cannulae, is indicated as an aid in the management of pain in the nervous system. Examples include facet denervation, trigeminal rhizotomy, and related functional neurosurgical procedures.


The use of this device is contraindicated in patients with systemic infection or local infection in the area of the procedure.


The following warnings apply to this generator.

Instructions for use. Read and understand the instructions for use provided in this clinician's manual before operating the generator. 

Hazardous electrical output. The generator is for use only by qualified medical personnel. 

Electric shock hazard. This device presents an electric shock hazard under certain conditions. Physicians need to be aware of the following warnings: 

  • To avoid risk of electric shock, this equipment must only be connected to a supply mains with protective earth. 

  • Only approved medical grade power cords can be used with the generator. Use only the power cord specified for this unit. No modification of this equipment is allowed. 

  • Do not attempt to service or modify the equipment. For service, contact Abbott Medical. 

  • Do not under any circumstances perform testing or maintenance on the equipment while it is being used on a patient. 

  • Replace the power cord or plug immediately if it is cracked, frayed, broken, or otherwise damaged. 

  • Turn off the equipment and unplug the power cord before cleaning or servicing. 

  • Do not allow any fluid to enter the ventilation holes or sockets. 

Equipment failure. A failure of the equipment could result in an unintended increase of output power. If unexpected parameters are observed that do not correspond to the preset values, halt the procedure immediately by pressing the Emergency Stop button on the top of the generator. Do not operate the equipment again until the source of the problem is identified and corrected. 

Explosion hazard. Do not use this equipment in the presence of a flammable anesthetic mixture with air, oxygen, or nitrous oxide. 

Fire hazard. This device presents a fire hazard under certain conditions. Physicians need to be aware of the following warnings: 

  • Do not use extension cords or adapters of any type. The power cord and plug must be intact and undamaged. 

  • Use recommended non-flammable agents for cleaning and disinfection whenever possible. See “Cleaning the Generator” (page 32). 

  • Flammable agents for cleaning, disinfecting, or as solvents of adhesives must be allowed to evaporate before using radiofrequency (RF) surgery.

  • Do not place electrodes near or in contact with flammable materials.

Pooling hazard. Flammable solutions may pool under the patient or in body depressions, such as the umbilicus, and in body cavities, such as the vagina. Remove fluids pooled in body depressions and cavities before using the generator. 

Ignition hazard. Be aware of and take care to avoid the danger of ignition of endogenous gasses (e.g., cotton and gauze saturated with oxygen may be ignited by sparks produced during normal use of the generator).

Risk of RF burns and unintended stimulation. Do not turn the generator power on while touching any electrodes or probes. Do not place a generator-connected electrode that is not being used in contact with the patient. 

Risk of RF burns to patient. This device presents a risk of RF burns to the patient under certain conditions. Physicians need to be aware of the following warnings: 

  • Ensure the patient does not come into contact with metal parts of the table and its accessories. Antistatic sheeting is recommended. 

  • Avoid skin-to-skin contact between different parts of patient’s body (for example between the arms and the body of the patient). Use dry gauze if necessary. 

  • Avoid using physiological monitoring equipment during a procedure. If monitoring is required, place monitoring electrodes as far as possible from the electrode. Monitoring devices that use needle electrodes are not recommended. In all cases, monitoring systems with high-frequency current limiting devices are recommended.

  • Connection of a patient to high-frequency surgical equipment and to electromyograph or evoked response equipment simultaneously may result in burns at the site of the electrodes and possible damage to the applied parts.

  • Position all cables to the electrode and grounding pad (also known as the return electrode, dispersive electrode, or neutral electrode) to avoid contact with other electrodes and other metal objects. 

  • Place temporarily unused electrodes connected to the generator in a container or area that is electrically isolated from the patient. Never place a generator-connected electrode that is not being used in contact with the patient. When not in use, place accessories in a clean, dry, highly visible area away from patient contact.

  • When not in use, place accessories in a clean, dry, highly visible area away from patient contact.

  • Only use grounding pads listed in the Accessories section of this manual. See "Appendix B: System Components and Accessories" (page 1). 

  • When positioning the grounding pad, select a well-vascularized muscular site with proximity to the procedure. See "Applying the Grounding Pad" (page 20). 

  • Place the long side of the grounding pad perpendicular to the direction of the current flow from the operative site. See "Applying the Grounding Pad" (page 20).

  • Do not place the grounding pad over scars, bony prominences, prostheses, hair, or EKG electrodes.

  • Do not place the grounding pad in a location where fluids may pool.

  • If the patient is sedated, place your hand on the backside of the grounding pad, while still leaving it attached to the patient. If the grounding pad is unreasonably hot (a temperature greater than 46°C), stop the procedure by pressing the Emergency Stop button.

  • If the patient complains of heating at the grounding pad site, stop the procedure and remove the grounding pad from the patient.

  • Before applying power to the electrodes, ensure that the entire area of the grounding pad is firmly adhered to a suitably prepared and appropriate area of the patient’s body as defined in the grounding pad instructions for use.

  • If the continuity monitor alarm is triggered, remove and discard the grounding pad. Place a new grounding pad on a fresh patch of skin.

  • If unexpected parameter readings are observed that do not correspond to the preset values, halt the procedure immediately by pressing the Emergency Stop button. Do not operate the equipment again until the source of the problem is identified and corrected.

Interference with active implants. Check whether the patient has a cardiac pacemaker or other active implantable device and, if so, obtain qualified advice before using the generator. Operating the generator may interfere with or damage the implanted device. 

Redirection of high-frequency currents. Check whether the patient has an electrically conductive implant and, if so, obtain qualified advice before using the generator. Operating the generator may cause concentration or redirection of high-frequency currents. 

Interference with other equipment. During RF lesioning procedures, the radiated electrical fields may interfere with other electrical medical equipment. See "Minimizing Electromagnetic Interference" (page 5). 

Shortwave or microwave equipment. Operation in close proximity to shortwave or microwave therapy equipment may produce instability in the applied parts. 

Apparent low output or failure of equipment. If low output is observed or the equipment does not function correctly at normal operating setting, check the grounding pad and its connections. 

Risk of patient injury. Do not use endoscopically. The accessories are not appropriate for endoscopic use. 

Proper device use. Do not operate the generator if the alert tones are not audible after the volume is adjusted. 

Non-sterile. The generator is non-sterile and should be kept outside of the sterile field. 

Accessories. Use only accessories approved by Abbott Medical. See “Appendix B: System Components and Accessories” (page 40). 

Continuity monitoring. The generator uses continuity monitoring. Loss of full contact between the neutral electrode and the patient will result in an auditory alarm.


The following precautions apply to this generator. 

Inspection. Inspect the generator and reusable accessories before each use. In particular, check the electrode cable insulation for possible damage. 

Mechanical damage. If the equipment has suffered any mechanical damage, return it to the supplier for inspection and testing before further use. 

Electrode positioning. Do not activate the generator output until the electrodes are correctly positioned in the patient. 

Use of fluids. If fluids are being used during a procedure, ensure that they are positioned away from the generator. 

Dispersive connections. Ensure that the grounding pad is connected to the patient and to the generator. 

Cleaning the generator. When cleaning the outer casing or touchscreen, do not use abrasive agents or solvents. See "Cleaning the Generator" (page 32). 

Emergency stop. For safety, always have someone positioned next to the Emergency Stop button during operation. If at any time the device is behaving erratically, press the Emergency Stop button, located on top of the generator, which will return the device to a safe state. For example, if the displayed temperature and graph do not match the desired set temperature.

Adverse Events 

Possible adverse events that may result from the use of this device include, but are not limited to, the following: 

  • As a consequence of electrosurgery, damage to surrounding tissue through iatrogenic injury can occur. 

  • Nerve injury, including thermal injury, or puncture of the spinal cord or nerve roots, potentially resulting in radiculopathy, paresis, and paralysis. 

  • Pain, pulmonary embolism, hemothorax or pneumothorax, infection, unintended puncture wound, including vascular puncture and dural tear, hemorrhage, and hematoma.

71391 MAT-2006978 v2.0 | Item approved for U.S. use only.

Simplicity™ III Disposable Radiofrequency Electrode

Prescription And Safety Information

Read this section to gather important prescription and safety information.

Indications For Use

The Abbott Medical Simplicity™ III Disposable Radiofrequency Electrode is intended for use in the treatment of chronic pain by the ablation of neural tissue.


The Simplicity III electrode is a disposable radiofrequency (RF) device consisting of three isolated electrodes along the shaft. Radiopaque markers are located between the distal and the middle electrodes, between the middle and the proximal electrodes, and below the proximal electrode. These radiopaque markers clearly show the separation of the three electrodes under X-ray. The Simplicity III electrode needs to be connected to an Abbott Medical RF generator using an Abbott Medical adapter cable.


  • Sharp; handle carefully.
  • Do not proceed unless all electrodes read body temperature when connected and inserted into the patient.
  • Stop if heat is felt at site of the grounding pad.
  • When the Simplicity III electrode is used to perform lesion procedures in the sacral region, always ensure that the electrode does not enter any of the sacral foramen and that the electrode does not proceed inferior to the inferior border of the sacrum.
  • Do not use the electrode if the package has been opened or damaged.
  • Ensure the most proximal contact on the electrode is not too close to the dermis to prevent skin burn.
  • Use of general anesthesia is not recommended during the procedure. It is advised to use local anesthesia or conscious sedation so patient interaction is possible.
  • The electrode should only be used by physicians trained in the use of the device.
  • The electrode is intended for single-use only. This device is not intended for bilateral use.
  • The electrode should only be used with an Abbott Medical RF generator.
  • During treatment with the Simplicity III electrode, the patient should continuously be monitored and evaluated for any unexpected symptoms.
  • Before starting any thermal treatment with the electrode, ensure no motor nerves are in the vicinity of the electrode.
  • Do not move the electrode while it is activated.
  • Do not use the electrode if any damage is observed.
  • Do not bend or reshape the electrode; this can cause permanent mechanical damage.
  • Use minimal force and torque when manipulating the electrode; the handle has been designed to release if too much torque is applied. 
  • Reuse of single-use devices creates a potential risk of patient or user infections. Contamination of the device may lead to injury, illness, or death of the patient.
  • Reprocessing may compromise the structural integrity of the device and/or lead to device failure.
  • Cleaning, disinfection, and sterilization may compromise essential material and design characteristics, leading to device failure.

71398 MAT-2006979 v2.0 | Item approved for U.S. use only.

23-80038 MAT-2213938 v2.0 | Item approved for U.S. use only.