What is Cryoablation?

Cryoablation involves freezing a specific area’s nerve with a specialized needle, which cools the tissues to approximately -70 degrees Celsius in an area of about 6-8 mm at the tip.

In which diseases/conditions is the procedure used?

Cryoablation can be used in various diseases affecting nerves, known as neuralgias, such as:

  • Ilioinguinal, iliohypogastric, genitofemoral, supraorbital neuralgia
  • Occipital nerve neuralgia
  • Infrapatellar saphenous nerve neuralgia
  • Pain following amputation and/or phantom pain

It can also be applied when we want to disable the innervation of a painful body part. For example, the small nerves of a joint can be selectively disabled while maintaining the limb’s full range of motion and sensation:

What can you expect after the treatment?

It is very effective with treating entrapments of peripheral nerves. Peripheral nerve entrapment is a problem that we are just now coming back to and realizing the importance of. Over the past 20 years, there’s been a focus on treatment of pain coming from the spine, such as the facets. With this focus, the problem of peripheral nerves is been overlooked. Lately, both because of a renewed look at peripheral nerves and because of a renewed focus on cryoablation, the role in peripheral nerves in causing pain has become more apparent. Cryoablation is a quick simple procedure and you can drive home after it.

What are the advantages of cryoablation?

Cryoablation freezes a larger area than what can be treated with radiofrequency treatment, thus increasing its effectiveness. Furthermore, its effects develop more rapidly compared to radiofrequency treatment.


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