Chronic Knee Pain
RF Ablation Procedure.
Every patient has the right to pain relief, and surgery can be beneficial in properly selected patients. However, it is not for everyone because of a variety of reasons, including cost and recovery time. That’s why we focus our time and effort on trying to bring non-surgical pain relief options to those suffering from chronic pain. Cooled RF is a non-surgical, minimally invasive, outpatient procedure that is effective in providing long-term (>6months) relief of chronic knee, and hip pain due to Osteoarthritis and Lower Back pain due to SI joint pathology (SInergy).
Dr. Vodapally is one of the Interventional Pain Management Specialists in the state of Connecticut trained to perform this procedure.
frequently asked questions.
RFA is commonly performed to control chronic pain in the lower back and neck. It is also performed by trained Pain Management Physicians for the control of Chronic Knee pain from severe osteoarthritis of the knee. It is also indicated for the control of pain in those patients who continue to experience knee pain after Knee Replacement.
The degree of pain relief varies, depending on the cause and location of the pain. Pain relief from RFA can last from six to 12 months and in some cases, relief can last for years. More than 70% of patients treated with RFA experience pain relief.
RFA has proven to be a safe and effective way to treat some forms of pain. It also is generally well-tolerated, with very few associated complications. There is a slight risk of infection and bleeding at the insertion site. Your doctor can advise you about your particular risk.
The main side effects of RFA are some discomfort, including swelling and bruising at the site of the treatment, but this generally goes away after a few days.
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