Radiofrequency Ablation for Chronic Knee Osteoarthritis Pain
Genicular Neurotomy (aka ablation) is a brand new, innovative treatment option for treating knee pain without surgery. This highly advanced procedure is on the absolute cutting edge of medicine. By selectively applying a sophisticated type of radio wave to the nerves surrounding the knee (the genicular nerves), one can effectively relieve pain in the knee from any number of causes:
- Osteoarthritis (OA)
- Chronic Knee Pain
- Degenerative Joint Disease
- Total Knee Replacement (before or after)
- Partial Knee Replacement (before or after)
- Patients unfit for knee replacement
- Patients who want to avoid a knee replacement
While surgery is considered to be the accepted treatment option for patients with advanced joint disease, many individuals have comorbidities that may prevent them from being an appropriate surgical candidate. Others may simply want to avoid surgery, as they may be unable to take off the necessary time from work for the procedure and post-operative recovery period. In these cases, radiofrequency neurotomy of the genicular nerves is a safe and successful alternative to joint replacement.
Despite the general efficacy of knee replacements, there are those with pain that persists after surgery. Traditionally in these unfortunate cases, patients had few options if any that did not involve additional surgery that was rarely successful. With advent of genicular nerve neurtomy, patients can look forward to pain relief without any further surgeries.
Genicular Nerve Ablation – this is the therapeutic portion of the treatment whereby the physician will perform a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the genicular nerves, thus alleviating pain to the knee and restoring function.