This procedure involves a fairly painless and minimally invasive approach!
Genicular Nerve Block can also be performed before or after surgery. Radiofrequency neurotomy is applied to articular nerve branches (genicular nerves) of the knee. This is a state of the art procedure that relieves pain in patients experiencing knee pain due to any of the following conditions: Chronic Knee Pain, Degenerative Joint Disease (of the knee), Osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee, Prior to or following a total knee replacement, Prior to or following a partial knee replacement, Patients unfit for knee replacement or Patients who wish to avoid a knee replacement.
The sensory nerve of knee which serves no other purpose in patients with chronic knee conditions but to cause pain are heated through radio-waves and simply put to sleep or made dormant for any time period of 6 months to 2 years. The numerous double-blind studies show that this innovative procedure is effective in relieving chronic knee joint pain.
The procedure is performed in 2 stages:
1. Diagnostic Genicular Nerve Block – this procedure consists of placing a small amount of a local anesthetic, on the genicular nerves. This tests the patient’s response and determines if there is sufficient pain relief in the knee to justify performing a therapeutic neurotomy
2. Genicular Nerve Ablation – during this therapeutic portion of treatment, your pain management physician will perform a radiofrequency ablation (RFA) of the genicular nerves, restoring function of the knee and alleviating pain.
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Dr. Woodley Mardy-Davis is fellow-ship trained and triple board certified through The American Board of Anesthesiology and The American Board of Addiction Medicine. Board Certifications include Interventional Spine/Pain Medicine, Anesthesiology and Addiction Medicine. Dr. Davis specializes in nonsurgical and minimally invasive surgical treatments of the spine, and musculoskeletal system.
Dr. Davis’ skills are honed in the fluoroscopically and ultrasound guided procedures to intervene in the disorders of the spine and musculoskeletal system. Dr. Davis advocates a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach to acute, chronic spine and pain disorders through the use of innovative diagnostic tools, treatment interventions and successful rehabilitation.