Genicular Nerves RFA for Knee Pain
Genicular nerves radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is a procedure that uses heat generated by radiofrequency energy to destroy or interrupt the genicular nerves, which are nerves located in the knee. The goal of the procedure is to provide pain relief for patients with chronic knee pain, particularly for those who have not responded to other treatments. The procedure is usually done for patients with knee osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis.
During the procedure, a small needle is inserted into the skin near the genicular nerves. A special probe is then passed through the needle, which delivers radiofrequency energy to the genicular nerves. The heat generated by the radiofrequency energy causes damage to the nerve tissue, which can provide relief from chronic knee pain.
Genicular nerve RFA is considered to be a safe and effective treatment option for chronic knee pain, and it can provide significant pain relief and improved function for many patients. However, as with any medical procedure, there are risks associated with genicular nerve RFA and it may not be effective for everyone. It's important to discuss the potential benefits and risks of the procedure with your healthcare provider to determine if it is the right treatment option for you.
It's important to note that genicular nerve RFA is not the only option for knee pain, and it should be considered as a last resort if other treatments have failed. Your healthcare provider may recommend other treatment options such as physical therapy, medications, or knee surgery if appropriate.