Genicular Nerve Blocks/Radiofrequency
Do you suffer from knee pain that has failed to improve with time and/or conservative therapy? If so you may be a candidate for this quick and simple treatment option.
Genicular Nerve Block/Radiofrequency Q&A
What is a Genicular Nerve Block/Radiofrequency?
This procedure is to provide relief from knee pain from osteoarthritis by treating the genicular nerves in the knee with radiofrequency waves to prevent transmission of pain signals to the brain.
This procedure can help determine if the patient is a candidate for nerve ablation, where radiofrequency is used to heat the genicular nerve disrupting its ability to send pain signals providing long term pain relief.
What are the Benefits?
Genicular nerve blocks are simple and relatively easy procedures. Postoperative pain is minimal and recovery is quick.
This treatment provides rapid pain relief and allows patients to become active again, regaining the ability to resume normal daily activities.
How Does it Work?
Genicular neurotomy is an outpatient procedure performed in 2 steps. A diagnostic nerve block is first performed to see if you would benefit from a genicular neurotomy. If you experience sufficient pain relief from the block, the actual neurotomy is then carried out. Both steps are performed under local or regional anesthesia to keep you comfortable.
The entire procedure takes about 30 minutes to complete.
How Many Treatments Will I Need?
Pain relief usually lasts for 6-12 months or even longer depending on the location and cause of your pain.
When Will I Feel Better?
You may experience some soreness or spasm at the treatment sites which is easily relieved by medications prescribed by your doctor. Pain relief is usually experienced within a few days.
Is a Genicular Nerve Block/Radiofrequency Right for Me?
If you suffer from chronic knee pain and other treatments such as medication, physical therapy or steroid injections does not provide sufficient pain relief, this treatment may be right for you. Those who cannot undergo surgery for various reasons will also benefit from this procedure. It can also relieve knee pain that persists after surgery and may be used before or after knee replacement surgery to speed up recovery. We will schedule an appointment with one of our Board Certified Physicians, to see if this treatment is a good fit for you.