Novocur Pain Management Clinic is the first in the nation introduce a new nerve treatment for patients young and old suffering from osteoarthritis. This new nerve treatment could delay or possibly eliminate the need for knee surgery.
Every year in the United States alone, more than 300,000 knee replacements are performed, and the number is expected to increase 525% by the year 2030. While thousands of Osteoarthritic pain sufferers undergo knee replacement surgery each year, thousands of others avoid the surgery due to a variety of factors including fear, potential complications, risk of deformity, risk of decreased mobility among other reasons.
The new treatment is radio frequency ablation (RFA) of the genicular nerves, which are the sensory nerves of the knee. This procedure is for patients who have osteoarthritis of the knee and who have failed steroid injections but stillwant to hold off on a knee replacement.
It can also help people who have had a knee replacement but continue to have pain.
Although this treatment has generally been seen as one undergone by older patients, advancements in the technique ensure the modality will be effective for younger patients as well who have chronic degenerative knee pain that cannot be controlled with other treatments.
“This procedure a breakthrough alternative to surgery for patients because if steroid injections stopped working for a patient the next step is typically total knee replacement,” Dr. Thakkar said. “This procedure buys them some more time before they have to do that,” he said.
RFA is also a viable option for patients who have already had a knee replacement, but continue to have pain that is only partially managed by narcotic pain medications. This procedure can help them avoid using such medications thathave adverse side effects and can be habit-forming.
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