Genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that relieves chronic knee pain and can help you avoid or delay surgery. The skilled physicians at Pain Consultants of Atlanta are devoted to providing personalized care that helps each person overcome knee pain. When genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation is the best choice, patients can get results lasting nearly a year or longer. Use online booking or call the nearest office to schedule an evaluation. The team has four convenient locations in Atlanta, Fayetteville, Stockbridge and Newnan, Georgia.
Both knees have several genicular nerves outside the joint. When problems arise inside the joint, the genicular nerves send pain messages to your brain.
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses radio waves to precisely wound the genicular nerves. The wounds effectively block the nerve signals, preventing your brain from perceiving the pain.
You may be a good candidate for genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation if you have chronic knee pain that doesn’t improve with other conservative treatments. Many people also have radiofrequency ablation to avoid knee surgery, especially knee replacement.
Osteoarthritis is the most common reason people have radiofrequency ablation, but you could also have chronic knee pain caused by any of the following:
Except for osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis, the conditions in this list typically heal if you seek prompt treatment. Without treatment, they can lead to progressive joint damage and chronic pain.
During your initial consultation, your provider reviews your medical history, learns about your symptoms, and does a thorough exam. They also order diagnostic imaging when needed to identify the cause of your knee pain and the severity of the joint damage.
Before performing a genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation, your provider numbs the area around your knee and uses real-time imaging to inject a local anesthetic at the nerves. If the anesthetic eases your pain, it means blocking the nerve works, and they can proceed with radiofrequency ablation.
During the radiofrequency ablation, your provider positions a needle-like device at the nerve and uses it to send radiofrequency energy into the nerve.
Radiofrequency ablation usually relieves your pain for at least nine months and possibly for years. If your nerve regrows, your results will start wearing off between 6-12 months after your procedure. But that still gives you long-lasting results, and your provider can repeat the procedure if needed.
Genicular nerve radiofrequency ablation offers significant pain relief for many patients with chronic knee pain. Call Pain Consultants of Atlanta today or use online booking to learn if you’re a good candidate.