Cryosurgery

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Cryosurgery, also known as Cryotherapy or Neuroablation, is a minimally invasive procedure performed by our doctors for pain relief. The CryoStar was introduced in August 2003, shortly after its FDA approval for peripheral nerve applications. Finally get relief from heel pain, plantar fasciitis and Morton’s neuroma using advanced Cryosurgery.

The Procedurepic_cryoThe procedure is minimally invasive and takes approximately 15 minutes to perform. Effective treatments are available for heel pain, Morton’s neuroma, plantar fasciitis and many other painful foot conditions and masses.

In a typical in-office procedure the painful area will be numbed with a local anesthetic, so that the cryoprobe can be introduced without discomfort. A small skin puncture just large enough for the probe to easily pass through is made through the skin.
The probe is inserted through the puncture site to the area of pain.

The freeze cycles are then initiated. Upon completion of the freeze cycles, the probe is removed and an antibiotic ointment placed over the puncture site with a sterile dressing applied.

Stitches are not necessary due to the small size of the puncture. The dressing may be removed within 24 hours and a shower is then permitted. Postoperative discomfort is minimal. It is suggested that you decrease your normal level of activity over the first 48 hours.

How it works

The simplest way to describe what happens is to use the analogy of applying ice to an injury. One of the oldest treatments known to man is the application of ice to painful areas. This dates back to the time of Hippocrates who among his many accomplishments also wrote the first records detailing “ice therapy”.

The application of ice serves two purposes. First it reduces swelling and inflammation to the site at which it is applied and secondly, it causes a mild “numbing” effect for as long as it is applied. In fact applying ice is often still the first line of treatment for minor injuries. Athletes will often soak their elbows in ice baths or wrap their knees and shoulders in ice after games to help reduce swelling and muscle soreness afterwards.

Now think of how effective this “ice therapy” could be if the ice could be applied directly to the area of most pain (under the skin where the damaged tissue and inflammation exist) instead of just on the surface of the skin. In essence applying a concentrated ice pack directly to the damaged and inflamed tissues involved. Better yet, how about applying this ice pack directly on the nerves responsible for transmitting the sensation of pain? Would direct numbing of the nerve stop the sensation of pain? Yes it can, and that’s how cryosurgery helps relieve pain.