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Cryoanalgesia

Cryoanalgesia uses low temperatures to achieve pain relief and takes only a few minutes. During the procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the skin. A catheter is then inserted, followed by a cryoprobe that delivers rapid flows of gas to numb the nerves causing pain. During this procedure, the actual nerve cell stays intact, so that it can regenerate and eventually return to normal.

What conditions does it treat?

Cryoanalgesia is used for pain relief stemming from a number of conditions, including headaches, pain after surgery, shoulder pain, and some forms of back pain.

What can I expect afterward?

The level of pain relief varies according to each person. Many patients experience several months of pain relief following cryoanalgesia for shoulder pain or other conditions. Some patients experience pain that is simply more tolerable than before. You can return to normal activity as soon as the next day following your procedure, but should avoid heavy lifting for several days.