NBC News recently did a segment on a new, non-invasive knee procedure being offered by pain specialist Sandeep Amin, MD, at both Rush Oak Park Hospital and Rush University Medical Center. Amin is also Chair of Anesthesiology at Rush Oak Park Hospital.
The treatment, recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration, is called “cooled radio frequency ablation,” or “Coolief,” and is for people with moderate to severe osteoarthritis pain who are not ready to have knee replacement surgery, or who have health conditions that don’t make them a good candidate for surgery.
The procedure uses radio frequency to target and mute the nerves responsible for sending pain signals from the arthritic knee to the brain. While the procedure doesn’t repair arthritis in the knee, it does ease the pain, helping patients go back to activities without discomfort and fewer medications.
“What we're changing is the wiring of the knee — so we're taking away the pain signal and interrupting it," Sandeep tells NBC News.
Click here to watch the news segment.
For more information about this procedure, call 708.660.4636.