If you are seeking temporary pain relief for your nerve pain, cryoanalgesia could be the answer. Learn more about this procedure and what to expect from it.
Cryoanalgesia — also known as cryoneurolysis — is a temporary nerve blockage that reduces pain along peripheral nerve pathways. This procedure uses a small probe to freeze the affected nerve. The low-temperature stimulation can encourage a complete regeneration of the targeted nerve’s structure and function.
When our bodies feel pain, the message travels along nerve fibers to the spinal cord and brainstem into the brain, where the pain registers. In chronic pain conditions, this process is on a continuous loop rather than a one-time experience. Cryoanalgesia provides a numbing effect on these nerves, treating a variety of painful conditions.
If you are experiencing chronic nerve pain, you may benefit from cryoanalgesia. In the past, medical procedures for pain were limited because the treatment required surgically exposing the affected nerve for access. Cryoanalgesia offers a range of benefits:
While adverse reactions to cryoanalgesia are rare, awareness of potential side effects is crucial. Some complications could include:
Following the procedure, you may return home — no hospital admittance is required. However, a loved one or trusted friend is recommended to drive you to and from your appointment. Keeping your weight off the affected area for a day after treatment can improve your recovery.
You should experience improved results almost immediately. Please reach out to your doctor if any pain, tingling, numbness or irritation happens after 24 hours.
At New York Spine Institute, we treat several spinal conditions involving affected nerves. If you would like more information on cryoanalgesia pain control, feel free to contact our team today.