Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation
(Genicular Nerve Neurotomy)
What is Genicular Radiofrequency?
Genicular radiofrequency is an innovative option for treating knee pain. This highly advanced procedure is on the absolute cutting edge of medicine. By selectively applying a radio wave energy to the nerves surrounding the knee (the genicular nerves), one can effectively relieve pain in the knee from a number of causes.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of genicular ablation is the fact that the entire procedure is performed OUTSIDE the knee capsule. This is what allows it to succeed where other procedures like cortisone injections, and hyaluronic acid injections fail. In fact, this procedure can be done up to three weeks before knee surgery and even after surgery.
Genicular neurotomy is indicated for a variety of conditions:
- 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. In these cases, radiofrequency ablation of the genicular nerves is a safe, potential alternative to joint replacement for pain. Genicular ablation is a safe and effective way of controlling post-operative knee pain after knee replacements as well. Some orthopedic surgeons suggest patients have the procedure done three weeks or more prior to a knee replacement to decrease the pain experienced after the surgery.
Despite the general efficacy of knee replacements, many patients complain that pain persists after surgery. In these cases, patients have traditionally had few options, if any, that did not involve additional surgery. With genicular nerve radiofrequency, patients can look forward to pain relief.