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.