Geniculate Nerve Blocks

A geniculate nerve block is an outpatient procedure that is performed to reduce knee pain. This procedure can be performed before or after a knee replacement as part of your outpatient pain management therapeutic plan. This procedure may be performed in conjunction with other procedures to aid in the reduction of your pain.

There are many tiny nerves in and around the knee that control pain. These are called geniculate nerves. By isolating some of the geniculate nerves, we are able to block their pain signal. Since these tiny nerves only control pain, you will not lose any function. Because there are multiple geniculate nerves, the protective defense signal to the knee is also preserved. By performing a diagnostic block, our goal is to find out if your knee pain can be reduced, similar to a dentist blocking the nerve to your tooth during a procedure. If a positive response is achieved, you are a candidate for a radiofrequency ablation. This is a procedure that provides long-term pain relief.