Thanks to innovations in the management of pain, people across Maryland now have options to consider. In many cases, patients can avoid surgical procedures for pain in the knee and opt for minimally invasive options that help to effectively reduce or eliminate pain for six months to a year.
One of the newest options in minimally invasive knee pain management is Genicular Ablation. This process can be used for a variety of different knee issues, including degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, or when patients have had a full or partial knee replacement and continue to experience pain. It is also commonly used with patients who want to avoid or delay knee replacement procedures.
How it Works
Unlike other types of pain management procedures, genicular ablation does not involve the use of any type of steroids or other medications. A needle is inserted into the genicular nerves, and radio frequency heats the needle tip for 90 seconds.
This instantaneous heat ablates or burns the nerve, effectively eliminating the pain signal. There is no physical sensation of pain during the procedure, and it is done under local anesthesia with general sedation for complete patient comfort.
This procedure is done on an outpatient basis. Your doctor will provide specific information, with most people able to resume their regular daily life the next day. This procedure can be repeated as needed as the nerve cells will grow back in about six months to a year.
If you are looking for innovative options in pain management in Maryland, turn to the experts at Synergy Spine and Pain Center. Look for centers that specialize in the management of pain for the best options and results.