Radiofrequency for painful hip joint

Radiofrequency denervation for painful arthritis of the hip joint.

Wear and tear causing painful arthritis of the hip joint is a common pain condition.  Major surgery to replace the damaged tissue with an artificial joint is not always possible or desirable, for many reasons.  The decision to proceed to surgery is influenced by patient age, general health and personal preference.

Until recently, there has been little else to offer for the relief of hip arthritis pain aside from powerful pain relieving medications, which come with a range of potential problems of their own.

A new radiofrequency technique to disable the femoral and obturator nerves supplying the hip joint can provide substantial relief of pain without surgery.

This procedure is performed under light sedation with X-ray guidance to optimize accuracy.  It is minimally invasive and overnight hospital stay is not required.  Pain relief develops over several days to approximately one week, and can last up to 12 months. Talk to your doctor about whether this procedure may be helpful for you.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner. Northern Pain Centre can facilitate you obtaining a second opinion. Please discuss this with us.