Washington, April 22 ( ANI ): Patients of neuralgia, a condition where nerves are damaged by surgery, can get relief from a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment called cryoneurolysis that places a tiny ball of ice on damaged nerves.
William Moore, MD, a thoracic interventional radiologist at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, completed more than 200 cryoneurolysis procedures for neuralgia to halt nerve pain in many areas of the body, from head to toe.
In the study, 20 patients received cryoneurolysis for a variety of neuralgia syndromes and were evaluated using a pain scale questionnaire immediately after treatment during one-week, one-month and three-month follow-ups after the initial procedure.
Moore, who recommends repeat cryoneurolysis treatments as needed.
Minimally invasive cryoneurolysis alleviates chronic pain
By freezing damaged nerves, minimally invasive cryoneurolysis can safely relieve the agonizing chronic pain caused by damaged nerves.
Using a tiny ball of ice, a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment called cryoneurolysis safely short circuits chronic pain caused by nerve damage, according to data being presented at the Society of Interventional Radiology's 38th Annual Scientific Meeting in New Orleans.
Cryoneurolysis uses a small probe that is cooled to minus 10 to minus 16 degrees Celsius, creating a freezer burn along the outer layer of the nerve.
The 184 chapters cover basic science, patient evaluation, imaging, various generalized and regional pain syndromes, and specific treatment modalities, including nerve blocks, neuroaugmentation and implantable drug delivery systems, and advanced techniques like diskectomy, cryoneurolysis
, and radiofrequency lesioning.
This paper discusses a number of interventional therapies available: simple blocks, cryoneurolysis, radiofrequency thermocoagulation, neurolytic blocks, and implantation therapy.
Cryoneurolysis is the freezing of a peripheral nerve to obtain analgesia.
DABPM, Denver Pain Management is one of the few centers worldwide that regularly performs the full range of advanced, FDA-approved procedures available in Interventional Pain Management, including diagnostic spinal injection, quantitative discomanometry with provocative discography, therapeutic neural blockade, radiofrequency neurolysis, cryoneurolysis
, intradiscal thermal therapy, percutaneous discectomy, epiduroscopy, central spinal stimulation and peripheral electrical neuromodulation.