Watch: Coolief procedure for knee pain

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

By: Jeff Ash

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Watch as Dr. Thomas Wilkins, a physiatrist with BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine, performs a live, outpatient Coolief procedure at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.


Coolief is a minimally-invasive procedure that uses cooled radiofrequency technology to reduce or eliminate chronic knee or hip pain.


It often is used by people with significant arthritis who are not candidates for joint replacement surgery, or by people seeking to delay joint replacement surgery, for whom other pain-relieving treatments have proven ineffective.


During the Facebook Live video, Wilkins’ patient – Linda Suzawith of Amberg – discusses the Coolief treatment she’s receiving for chronic pain in her right knee. The X-ray-guided treatment eliminates pain by burning or cauterizing nerves providing sensation to the knee joint.


“I’m very happy with it. It’s probably relieved 95 percent of the pain I’ve had,” Suzawith says of her Coolief treatment.


During the Facebook Live video, Wilkins offers step-by-step commentary as he performs the Coolief procedure. He also discusses its benefits.


“We’re really trying to get away from excessive use of opioid medications for chronic musculoskeletal pain. Techniques like this allow us to eliminate that pain, so that the pain isn’t there causing people to come seek additional medication,” Wilkins says. Learn more about Coolief treatments from BayCare Clinic Pain & Rehab Medicine.


Coolief treatments are covered by most insurance providers, including Medicare. Other questions about Coolief treatments are addressed in the chat that accompanies the Facebook Live broadcast.


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Dr. Thomas Wilkins administers Coolief treatment to the right knee of Linda Suzawith of Amberg.

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