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Genicular Neurotomy

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Genicular Neurotomy – COOLIEF* Cooled Radiofrequency

Genicular neurotomy is the most advanced and the latest innovative and non-surgical option for treating knee pain. This procedure uses radiofrequency ablation that halts genicular nerves from sending pain signals to the brain.

Genicular neurotomy is an ideal, non-surgical treatment option for patients with chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis that have failed conservative measures. Genicular neurotomy can be performed on patients who are trying to delay knee replacement, patients who are not candidates for knee replacement due to medical reasons, or on patients with chronic knee pain despite undergoing a knee replacement. With this treatment, improvement in knee or joint pain occurs almost immediately.

Our pain management office in Charlotte uses the COOLIEF* cooled radiofrequency treatment in genicular neurotomy. COOLIEF* cooled radiofrequency treatment is a minimally invasive and non-opioid procedure. It helps alleviate if not relieve even the most severe pain in your knees or other joints.

At Advanced Sports & Spine, we put the patient first. You will always see the same provider during your clinical visits to establish continuity of your care. Our holistic approach to patients ensures we find the root of the problem. Once identifying the cause, we utilize a combination of exercise and diet to complement medical and interventional pain management approaches to help alleviate the patient’s pain.

Our goal is to get you back to living your life with improved function and quality of life as quickly as possible.

Genicular Neurotomy with Coolief* Cooled Radiofrequency Procedure

Genicular neurotomy is a procedure that treats patients with chronic knee and even hip or shoulder pain caused by osteoarthritis. This procedure can be performed on patients who may or may not have undergone knee replacement surgery or who are not candidates for a knee replacement surgery.

Genicular neurotomy can be done with the COOLIEF* Cooled Radiofrequency Ablation treatment. While traditional genicular neurotomy provides pain relief that lasts for 6 months, genicular neurotomy with COOLIEF* can last for up to 2 years.

COOLIEF* treatment is an advanced procedure that uses cooled radiofrequency energy. The cooled radiofrequency safely targets the sensory nerves that are responsible for sending pain signals to the brain.

The COOLIEF* technology has a generator that transmits small current radiofrequency energy through insulated electrodes. It also uses ionic heating that is produced by the friction of charged molecules. The ionic heat thermally deactivates the nerves that send pain signals.

Unlike other radiofrequency machines, COOLIEF* circulates water through the device while heating nervous tissues. This process creates a larger treatment area that increases the opportunity in relieving pain. The combination of the heating and cooling process targets the pain-transmitting nerves leading to pain relief.

Our Charlotte Genicular Neurotomy Specialist

We offer the latest and most advanced technique in relieving patients suffering from knee, and other joint pain caused by osteoarthritis. COOLIEF* is the first and only FDA-cleared cooled radiofrequency treatment for moderate to severe osteoarthritis. Whether it is just an irritating throbbing pain or a relentless shooting pain, COOLIEF* provides the right treatment option for you.

Our COOLIEF* pain management specialist in Charlotte aims to alleviate pain in the knees and other joints caused by osteoarthritis. Dr. Ahmad will provide a comprehensive evaluation of your pain condition and will recommend the best treatment option for you.

Contact Us Today!

You do not have to worry about chronic joint pain anymore!

COOLIEF* cooled radiofrequency treatment for genicular neurotomy is made available by Advanced Sports & Spine for patients in the Charlotte area. Contact us today at 704-542-3988 for a consultation.

frequently asked questions

WHAT INSURANCES DO YOU ACCEPT?

Dr. Ahmad is in-network with most insurance companies. If you provide us with your insurance information before your new patient appointment, our team will contact your insurance company and complete a benefits check. Generally speaking, a copay is usually your only change on your new patient visit. Other than your copay, you will be notified in advance of any other costs for your appointment.

WHAT TYPE OF PROCEDURES ARE DONE AT THIS PRACTICE?

You will not find another non-surgical, non-opiate interventional pain management office in the greater Charlotte Area offering such a diverse and innovative array of services. Dr. Ahmad and his team will do a thorough exam on your area of complaint, provide you with a complete diagnosis, and recommend the best course of action to help eliminate your pain.

WHAT TREATMENT OPTIONS ARE THERE OTHER THAN MEDICATION?

WILL I ALWAYS SEE THE SAME PROVIDER?

Most of the time you will be treated by the same provider unless the treatment varies.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Our office is conveniently located in the Arboretum Office Park at the intersection of Pineville Matthews Road and Providence Road, less than a mile from the Providence Road Exit off of 485. The Arboretum Office Park is located across Providence Road from the main section of the Arboretum. Our actual address is 8035 Providence Road Suite 340, Charlotte, NC 28277

ARE YOU AFFILIATED WITH A HOSPITAL?

Advanced Sports & Spine is a private practice, not annexed to or owned by a hospital facility. We are a non-facility fee office. Therefore, our patients pay less compared to having the procedure performed at a hospital.

IF I DO NOT HAVE INSURANCE HOW MUCH DOES IT COST? DO YOU ACCEPT CASH? DO YOU FINANCE?

The cost depends on 2 main factors: how severe your condition is and how many joints or areas of the body you are looking to have treated. Dr. Ahmad and his team will be able to answer this question for you more thoroughly after your initial examination and review of diagnostic findings. 

Yes, we do accept cash. We also have the most competitive pricing in the Carolinas with many different financing options, such as Care Credit and Advance Care, offering low monthly payments and interest free options for up to 14 months.

IF I RECEIVE AN INJECTION DO I NEED A DRIVER?

For joint injections, a driver is not needed. For spinal and PRP injections, a driver is recommended.

HOW LONG WILL THE INJECTION TAKE?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working.

HOW LONG BEFORE I START FEELING THE EFFECTS OF THE INJECTION?

Steroid injections can take up to 5 days before they start working. Average relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or that it could last even longer.

For ESI and Facet injections, relief is up to 3 months, but that does not mean it will not last that long or it could even last longer. MBB only lasts 1 day and determines if you are a candidate for RFE. You return the next day with a pain diary. RFA procedures can last 6 months to a year.

WHAT MEDICATION IS USED FOR THE INJECTION? WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS?

Joint injections contain a steroid and anesthetic. Whenever you break the skin, there is a possibility of bleeding and infection. However, those risks are minimized because image guidance is used. If you have Diabetes, the injection can increase sugar levels for up to 3-4 days. Steroids given close to the skin can cause discoloration or dimpling.

WHERE ARE THE INJECTIONS PERFORMED? DO I GO TO A SURGERY CENTER?

At Advanced Sports & Spine, the majority of our pain management procedures are performed in our Charlotte office. We use state-of-the-art equipment. Our ultrasound and fluoroscopic guidance techniques ensure accuracy, help limit complications, and increase success rates.

Conditions Treated

We offer to help patients with the following conditions

Back and neck pain, acute or chronic

Arthritis/bursitis

Accident injuries

  • Low Back and Neck Pain
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Tendon Injuries
  • Sciatica/Radiculopathy
  • Myofascial Pain Syndrome
  • Shoulder, Knee, Hip and other joint pains
  • Occupational injuries
  • Neuralgias
  • Sports injuries
  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  • Peripheral nerve entrapments
  • Complex Region Pain Syndrome
  • Phantom limb pain
  • Spasticity
  • Trigger fingers
  • Peripheral Neuropathy

Working Hours

MONDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
TUESDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
WEDNESDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
THURSDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
FRIDAY 8:30am-5:00pm
SATURDAY Closed
SUNDAY Closed

Clinic Hours

Monday – Thursday: 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM
Friday – Sunday: Closed

HANDLING PHONE CALLS

MON – FRI: 8:30 AM – 5:00 PM

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