Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation – Knee

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Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation – Knee

Knee pain can affect your everyday activities, such as walking, running and even sitting. When the pain gets so bad that it limits what you can do, it’s time to look at treatment options.

For many, knee pain may be associated with osteoarthritis. This can be treated with surgery — a total or partial knee joint replacement — or with a minimally invasive option called cooled radiofrequency ablation.

Cooled radiofrequency ablation, also referred to as C-RFA, does not involve an incision but uses radio frequency to target the nerves that are causing pain in the knee. Although C-RFA doesn’t repair these nerves it does ease the pain so you can get back to the activities you enjoy.

C-RFA is especially helpful if you:

  • have had injections, taken pain medication or applied gels and no longer get relief
  • may not be able to have surgery due to a chronic condition(s), such as heart or lung disease
  • have a body mass index (BMI) over 40
  • want relief but would like to avoid or delay surgery

It typically takes three or more weeks to feel the full benefits of having C-RFA. The relief from pain may last six months, a year or maybe longer. In some cases, patients may have to have another C-RFA procedure.

Not sure if you’re insurance will cover C-RFA? Check with your health plan/network to find out.

If you need care, contact one of our specialists listed below.

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