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 severe osteoarthritis and for most patients, knee joint replacement is the solution. For those not able to pursue surgery, an innovative, minimally invasive option - cooled radiofrequency ablation, commonly referred to as C-RFA, is now available.

C-RFA is an outpatient procedure that does not involve an incision. It uses a radio frequency current to selectively block the transmissions of pain signals from the knee. It allows rapid recovery 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. In the majority of cases, the relief will last greater than one year. 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 your provider is recommending cooled radiofrequency ablation for your knee, learn more about this procedure, treatment, getting ready for surgery and insurance coverage.

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

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