What is Cryoablation?
Cryoablation is a process that uses extreme cold to destroy tissue. Cryoablation is performed using hollow needles (cryoprobes) through which cooled, thermally conductive, fluids are circulated. Cryoprobes are positioned adjacent to the target in such a way that the freezing process will destroy the diseased tissue. Once the probes are in place, the attached cryogenic freezing unit removes heat from (“cools”) the tip of the probe and by extension from the surrounding tissues.
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.