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Thu, Aug 22 7:17am · burning after total knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I had a nerve ablation (procedure called Coolief) 3 weeks ago due to continued pain after partial knee replacement almost 2 years ago. It is basically burning the nerve endings. I won't lie, the procedure was quite painful. I had more pain for a couple of days afterwards. Now, however, my knee feels better than it has in 2 1/2 years. I still have some pain occasionally if I step wrong or move different but for the most part am pain free and have been able to resume prior activities. I'm very pleased with the outcome.

Sun, Aug 18 9:12am · Has anyone had a tight band feeling after total knee replacement? in Joint Replacements

Hi! I had nerve ablation in a procedure called "Coolief" 2 weeks ago for continuous pain following my partial knee replacement almost 2 years ago. i saw a pain management specialist who does the procedure. It took a bit to get insurance approval, but I have found it helpful. I didn't have the "tight band" feeling that you are experiencing, but did have enough pain that just walking into work was hard. (In fact, I was on a prescription anti-inflammatory medication for so long that I developed severe GI issues so now I can only take Tylenol or narcotic pain medication.

I'm not going to lie – the procedure was excruciating. My doctor thinks it is because the nerves are so close to the bone. The first few days were really rough. Luckily I had the procedure on a Friday so had the weekend to recover before needing to go to work. I spent the weekend in my recliner with my leg elevated and icing 15 minutes every hour. But now, 2 weeks later, while the pain is not completely gone – I am able to walk and stand without pain. The only time I feel anything is if I move "wrong". I'm walking almost 2 miles now without pain – but find that if I walk 2 days in a row it is a bit "much". Yesterday I was able to do the elliptical at the gym for a half hour – something I haven't been able to do in over 2 years!!

Good luck! I hope you find some relief.

Tue, Aug 13 3:47pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I was told the reason for not seeing a patient until after a year is because you are still healing for a year.

Wed, Jul 31 8:31am · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I was told that it will last 1-2 years on average. I'm hopeful! The only other option my Ortho surgeon gave me was to redo the knee, but even then couldn't guarantee pain relief. I'm 44 yrs old, I don't want a redo for many years yet so if I can out it off at all with the ablation, I will!

Wed, Jul 31 7:56am · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

Nerve ablation burns the nerve endings to help cut the pain. When I had the block, it didn't affect my skin sensation or motor function at all, just took away the pain from the arthritis/implant. That night I was able to walk 2 miles at my previous normal pace without pain. It was heavenly!

Wed, Jul 31 6:02am · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

Good luck to you! I saw both my Ortho surgeon and one at UW Madison and neither can find a reason for the continued pain which is why I pursued the nerve ablation. I did have a lot of scar tissue develop, bit with excruciating physical therapy was able to get that to break up (and I'm constantly bending and stretching my leg to help prevent it from reforming).

Wed, Jul 31 5:42am · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

Has the pain management doctor said anything about a nerve ablation? I had knee replacement 1 1/2 years ago and have been in constant pain since (also had taken NSAIDS long term which messed up my stomach to the point I needed gastric bypass surgery). After being told I could no longer take NSAIDS my primary physician prescribed tramadol and referred me to a pain management doctor (by my request as I didn't want to be on narcotic medication any longer than necessary). After battling with the insurance company for 4 months I finally had a diagnostic nerve block last month which took away the pain temporarily. On Friday I go in for an ablation which should help the pain for 1-2 years.

Fri, Jul 26 1:54pm · Partial Knee Replacement: Post-op pain in Joint Replacements

I had a partial knee replacement 1 1/2 years ago – still experiencing pain. I had a diagnostic nerve block earlier this month which took away the pain temporarily and am now scheduled for a nerve ablation next week. I can't wait to be pain free finally!