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What to Expect from Genicular Nerve Ablation

by Dr Brian Klagges

Holding an MD from the State University of New York at Buffalo, Dr. Brian Klagges joined Elliot Hospital in 2007. Dr. Brian Klagges, an anesthesiologist, treats patients for knee conditions and offers genicular nerve ablation as a pain solution.
Depending on the case, a patient with knee pain may not be a good candidate for knee replacement surgery. As an alternative, the option to undergo genicular nerve ablation may be presented to relieve the pain.
Genicular nerve ablation, also known as genicular neurotomy, is a minimally invasive procedure that involves sending radio waves to the nerves surrounding the knee. It is performed outside of the knee capsule.
Genicular nerve ablation is typically covered by insurance, thus making it an inexpensive choice compared to surgery. The outpatient procedure has little risk of infection, and medical professionals do not have to administer blood thinners. In most situations, patients can return to regular activity in days, because postoperative pain, of which there is little, is controlled with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs.
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