Knee pain is a common complaint with many different treatment options that range from over-the-counter pain relievers and therapy to newer high-tech treatments. Riverview Health is pleased to be the first provider in Indiana to offer a new non-surgical in-office knee pain treatment called cryoneurolysis. Joseph Hui, MD, an orthopedic and sports medicine doctor with Riverview Health Physicians, is offering cryoneurolysis in Westfield and Carmel.
Cryoneurolysis is an in-office procedure in which a physician uses a special instrument to freeze nerve endings to prevent them from growing and, ultimately, dull or eliminate the sensation of knee pain. The procedure freezes two of the three main nerves that run to the knee—two of which control sensations, and the third controls motion. The nerve that controls motion is unaffected, meaning that patients won’t lose any mobility or experience weakness.
“This procedure is a good tool for patients who aren’t good candidates for knee replacement surgery because of reasons like weight, age or generally poor health,” said Dr. Hui. “It would also be a good treatment for anyone who is a candidate for knee replacement, but would like to delay the surgery.”
For those who have had a total knee replacement, cryoneurolysis can also be used to help alleviate post-operative knee pain. Common risks and side effects include pain, bleeding, infection, numbness and tingling on the inner portion of the lower leg.
The procedure takes approximately 20 to 25 minutes and can be repeated if necessary. Patients report six weeks to nine months of pain relief from this procedure.