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Genicular Nerve Ablation for Severe Knee Pain

Board-certified anesthesiologist Dr. Brian Klagges has treated
patients at Elliot Hospital in Manchester, New Hampshire, since 2007. A
skilled physician, Dr. Brian Klagges has experience performing a range
of specialized procedures, including genicular nerve ablation.
Genicular nerve ablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat severe
knee pain in patients unable to find relief through other treatment
methods. It works by blocking the sensory signal transmitted between the
brain and the nerves of the knee. The best candidates for the procedure
are those who respond positively to nerve block testing that is
typically performed prior to the actual genicular nerve ablation.
To perform the procedure, a physician places inserts a radiofrequency
needle into the area of the genicular nerves. The doctor then lesions
each nerve responsible for the patient’s knee pain. The entire genicular
nerve ablation procedure typically takes only 20 minutes, and most
patients can return to their normal activities within 48 hours.
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