Korean J Pain.  2019 Jul;32(3):223-227. 10.3344/kjp.2019.32.3.223.

Alcohol neurolysis of genicular nerve for chronic knee pain

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Anaesthesia and Pain Medicine, Pusan National University School of Medicine, Busan, Korea. eunsookim@pusan.ac.kr
  • 2Department of Anesthesia and Intensive Care, Kuala Lumpur General Hospital, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
  • 3Biomed Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.
  • 4Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan, Korea.

Abstract

Radiofrequency neurolysis (RFN) of the genicular nerves has recently become accepted as an effective technique to alleviate knee pain particularly in patients with knee osteoarthritis (OA) or postoperative pain. However, genicular nerve RFN can produce high procedure and equipment costs, longer procedural times, procedure-related pain, and failure rate of over 25%. We are presenting two cases of alcohol neurolysis of the genicular nerve using fluoroscopy and ultrasonography in patients with knee OA or persistent postsurgical pain of the knee. Alcohol neurolysis of the genicular nerve with dual imaging modality can be a cheap, safe and effective method in patients with chronic knee pain.

Keyword

Ethanol; Fluoroscopy; Knee; Nerve Block; Osteoarthritis; Pain, Postoperative; Radiofrequency Therapy; Ultrasonography

MeSH Terms

Ethanol
Fluoroscopy
Humans
Knee*
Methods
Nerve Block
Osteoarthritis
Osteoarthritis, Knee
Pain, Postoperative
Ultrasonography
Ethanol
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