New Procedure Could Improve Lives Of Millions After Knee Replacement

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Here's today's feel-good story:

Millions of people could experience an improved quality of life with a new medical procedure following knee replacement surgery.

The treatment also offers those with arthritis long-term pain relief and an alternative to addicting painkillers.

Even though 15 to 30 percent of those that get knee replacement surgery feel stiff and pain following the procedure, many still elect to do so.

The new procedure, called "cool radio frequency ablation (C-RFA)" uses a large needle to target specific nerve locations around the knees while the patient is under anesthetic.

“It’s very encouraging that up to a year out these patients have such significant pain relief and a better quality of life. The hope is that in that period of time, the patient can become more mobile and increase their activity." said assistant professor Felix Gonzalez at the Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta

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