Radiofrequency ablation of genicular nerve in a patient with knee pain associated with osteoarthritis

Erwin Mulyawan , Jokevin Prasetyadhi

Erwin Mulyawan
Department of Anesthesiology, Faculty of Medicine, Pelita Harapan University. Email:

Jokevin Prasetyadhi
General Practitioner, Faculty of Medicine, Pelita Harapan University Jakarta, Indonesia
Online First: April 28, 2019 | Cite this Article
Mulyawan, E., Prasetyadhi, J. 2019. Radiofrequency ablation of genicular nerve in a patient with knee pain associated with osteoarthritis. Bali Journal of Anesthesiology 3(1): 8-11. DOI:10.15562/bjoa.v3i1.104


Osteoarthritis is a leading cause of pain and disability in the elderly. In addition to the economic burden, the pain caused by knee osteoarthritis may also reduce the quality of life and affect the patient's psychological condition. Surgery is the best option for patients with severe osteoarthritis. However, a patient with severe osteoarthritis generally tend to be elderly and have multiple co-morbidities, and thus, may not be a suitable candidate for surgery. In regards to several interventional methods that have been investigated, radiofrequency ablation (RFA) neurotomy showed promising results. We report a case of 65-year-old woman with chronic knee osteoarthritis pain that underwent a conventional RFA procedure for right genicular nerve.



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