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Mon, Nov 18 8:09pm · scar tissue after knee replacement in Joint Replacements

I had to appeal my insurance companies denial TWICE before they agreed to pay for the nerve block to see if it helps prior to the ablation. The second appeal was to an external review agency, and the doctor they hired agreed that this was the only thing left for them to try for my pain. It took almost 5 months from the time my doctor submitted the prior-authorization to the time I was able to have the block – but oh, the relief I had with the block!! I enjoyed the few hours I had pain-free!!! In August I had the ablation – I would say it took away about 80% of my pain, so I'm calling it a success. I'm now able to walk again and work out, which I hadn't been able to do for around 3 years or so prior to the ablation. Keep at it and good luck!

Mon, Nov 18 8:04pm · TKR: Raised toilet seat, railings, walker, wedge pillow, cyro-cuff? in Joint Replacements

I had "Cool-lief" nerve ablation done for my knee almost 2 yrs POST partial knee replacement since the knee replacement didn't help with the pain at all! I was not sedated at all for the procedure – he just did lidocaine injections in the areas near where he was freezing the nerves. Very, very painful! BUT…I would say after I healed from the procedure, it took away about 80% of my pain. I'm now back to walking and working out which I hadn't been able to do for over 3 years so am happy with that even if I do have a bit of residual pain. Hoping this lasts for a while!

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).