Genicular Neurotomy and
Knee Osteoarthritis Overview
The knee is the largest and strongest joint in the body but it is still prone to osteoarthritis. In fact, approximately 50 percent of individuals will experience knee osteoarthritis during their life. This disorder can cause knee pain, swelling and stiffness. The pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler are proud to now offer our Tyler, Texas patients an innovative procedure, Genicular Neurotomy.
What You Need to Know About Knee Osteoarthritis
Knee osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis in the knee. This condition is a degenerative, “wear and tear” type of arthritis that typically occurs in adults 50 years of age and older. Younger individuals can experience knee osteoarthritis but it is not as common.
With knee osteoarthritis, the cartilage in the knee joint wears away over time. As this happens, the cartilage becomes frayed and rough, and the protective space between the bone decreases. With the protective space limited, bone rubs on bone, and can lead to painful bone spurs.
Knee osteoarthritis can make it hard to do many everyday activities such as walking or climbing stairs. It is a major cause of lost work time and a serious disability for many people. Individuals can now experience alleviated pain with the Genicular Neurotomy procedure.
What You Need to Know About Genicular Neurotomy
When chronic knee osteoarthritis cannot be managed with conventional pain management treatments such as rest, ice and medication, a Genicular Neurotomy may be the solution for Tyler, Texas patients.
Genicular Neurotomy is an innovative, minimally invasive knee pain treatment designed to help alleviate pain associated with osteoarthritis knee pain and chronic knee pain without the use of surgery. Genicular Neurotomy involves no steroid or medicated injection. The procedure uses Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) to stun the painful nerves and prevent pain signals from reaching the brain.
The procedure is performed in two stages:
- Diagnostic genicular nerve block- a small amount of local anesthetic is placed on the genicular nerves. If the knee pain is diminished, patients will move on to stage 2.
- Genicular nerve ablation- a RF ablation of the genicular nerves is performed.
After the procedure, patients can expect to have restored function and alleviated knee pain within a short amount of time.
If you suffer from knee osteoarthritis and want more information on Genicular Neurotomy, please contact the pain physicians at Pain Recovery Center of Tyler in Tyler, Texas.