Knee pain secondary to osteoarthritis is a common and disabling pain syndrome. Radiofrequency ablation of the genicular nerves (ie. those nerves supplying sensation to the knee joint) stops the joint communicating pain signals to the brain. As a result, this procedure can substantially relieve knee pain for long periods of time, on average 6 to 24 months.
Genicular Neurotomy can be used both before and after total knee replacement surgery. It is particularly useful in patients who, for various reasons, would like to avoid major surgery.
Genicular Neurotomy is performed as a day procedure in our procedure centre. An anaesthetist will administer a light sedation to ensure your comfort. Specialised x-ray equipment is used to accurately position the radiofrequency needles. Post-procedure pain is generally mild to moderate only, for the short period in which the nerve lesions heal. Improvement in knee pain should occur almost immediately.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Northern Private Pain Centre can facilitate you obtaining a second opinion. Please discuss this with us.
- Educational Video: Genicular Neurotomy Animation
- Northern Pain Centre Patient Education Sheet – Radiofrequency Genicular Neurotomy
- Northern Pain Centre Patient Education Sheet – Preoperative Medication List – Category B