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Knee Pain

Knee Pain: Genicular Nerve Ablation.

Here is a recent study on GNB:

Knee Pain: 

Radiofrequency treatment relieves chronic knee osteoarthritis pain: a double-blind randomized controlled trial., Choi WJ1, Hwang SJ, Song JG, Leem JG, Kang YU, Park PH, Shin JW., Pain. 2011 Mar;152(3):481-7. doi: 10.1016/j.pain.2010.09.029. Epub 2010 Nov 4.

Radiofrequency (RF) neurotomy is a therapeutic alternative for chronic pain. We investigated whether RF neurotomy applied to articular nerve branches (genicular nerves) was effective in relieving chronic OA knee joint pain. The study involved 38 elderly patients with (a) severe knee OA pain lasting more than 3 months, (b) positive response to a diagnostic genicular nerve block and (c) no response to conservative treatments. Patients were randomly assigned to receive percutaneous RF genicular neurotomy under fluoroscopic guidance (RF group; n=19) or the same procedure without effective neurotomy (control group; n=19). Visual analogue scale (VAS), Oxford knee scores, and global perceived effect on a 7-point scale were measured at baseline and at 1, 4, and 12weeks post-procedure. VAS scores showed that the RF group had less knee joint pain at 4 (p<0.001) and 12 (p<0.001) weeks compared with the control group. Oxford knee scores showed similar findings (p<0.001). In the RF group, 10/17 (59%), 11/17 (65%) and 10/17 (59%) achieved at least 50% knee pain relief at 1, 4, and 12 weeks, respectively. No patient reported a post-procedure adverse event during the follow-up period. RF neurotomy of genicular nerves leads to significant pain reduction and functional improvement in a subset of elderly chronic knee OA pain, and thus may be an effective treatment in such cases. Further trials with larger sample size and longer follow-up are warranted.

Genicular nerve ablation is a promising new treatment approach to chronic knee pain. The knee pain can be either knee pain that is chronic after a failed knee replacement or knee pain that has no other reasonable surgical or treatment solution.

If the patient is adverse to surgery, or if the surgical risks are too great then this is a consideration.

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