Genicular Nerve Blocks / Radiofrequency Ablation for Knee Pain

Genicular nerve blocks and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) are well recognized and common procedures to help alleviate knee pain. These procedures can be performed in hopes of preventing knee surgery. In addition, they can also be performed post knee surgery to provide relief from pain.

These cutting edge procedures can help relieve pain in patients with any of the following conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis of the kneeRFA
  • Chronic knee pain
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Patients who wish to avoid knee replacement surgery
  • Prior to or following a partial/total knee replacement surgery
  • Patients ineligible for knee replacement surgery

These procedures are performed by our physicians in two stages as follows:

  1. Diagnostic Genicular Nerve Blocks – During this procedure, a small portion of anesthetic is injected on the genicular nerves under fluoroscopic guidance. This is considered a diagnostic test to quantify a patient’s response and relief. Usually this procedure requires a second confirmatory nerve block performed one week later. This test is useful in determining if adequate pain relief would justify performing the nerve ablation which is the long term treatment to relieve knee pain.
  2. Genicular Nerve Radiofrequency Ablation – During this second portion of the treatment, a thermal lesion is created by applying radiofrequency energy through an electrode placed near the target structure, the genicular nerve in the knee. The ablation of the genicular nerve results in the relief of painful impulses these nerves carry from the knee joint. This procedure is also performed under fluoroscopic guidance and can be performed in the office in under an hour. Relief from a successful procedure can last several months to a year or longer thereby restoring the function of the knee.

Schedule an appointment in one of our premier locations on Long Island or Queens to receive further information about these state-of-the-art procedures. Our physicians at Action Sports Medicine and Pain Management can perform an evaluation to find out if you are a candidate for these life-changing procedures and can start relieving your pain today!

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