Over 2 million Americans are suffering from foot and ankle pain that conventional treatments are not helping. Cortisone shots, anti-inflammatory medication, stretching, ice, elevation, rest, and orthotics are standard first-line defenses. From there, the next step is surgery. Yet, we find that a better intervention for a number of patients is Cryosurgery.
What Is Cryosurgery & What Are Its Benefits?
Cryosurgery uses extreme cold (delivered by liquid nitrogen) to destroy abnormal tissue and stop pain. There are many advantages to cryosurgery. Typically, patients would be in post-surgery recovery for up to six weeks. However, cryosurgery patients are able to walk out of the surgery and return to normal daily life within a few days. Furthermore, the results have been generally quite good, with over 85% of patients reporting relief or significant reduction in pain.
What Does Cryosurgery Treat?
Some of the conditions we’ve treated with Cryosurgery include:
2. Diabetic Neuropathy – A case study found a 90% reduction in neuropathy pain, which allowed a woman who had been suffering from the condition for 15 years to go off medication for the first time.
3. Neuromas – A small-scale study of 20 patients concluded that 83% of patients said cryosurgery gave them “significant pain relief”; 39% of patient said they were “completely pain-free”; and 90% of patients said they’d have the procedure done again.
4. Tarsal Tunnel Syndrome – According to Podiatry Today, there is about a 50% success rate using cryotherapy to treat tarsal tunnel pain. They conclude there is a need to perform additional studies to determine the optimal freeze time.
5. Ankle Sprains – A study in the American Journal of Sports Medicine found that Grade IV sprains reached full mobility in 13.2 days with cryotherapy, versus 33.3 days with more conservative heat treatment.
Cryosurgery is especially useful in treating injured nerves. Standard surgery may damage a nerve, whereas Cryosurgery freezes the innermost part of the nerve (which transfers pain signals to the brain), while leaving the outer shell in tact. From there, the freezing prompts regeneration over the next 6-12 months. Nerves presenting recurrent pain can be frozen again with no ill effect.
Cryosurgery in New York City
Here at our NYC Center for Podiatric Care and Sports Medicine, we are trained to perform Cryosurgery right here in our office. The procedure only takes about 15 minutes. Dr. Geldwert begins by administering a local anesthetic and making a small incision. An instrument called a trocar will then guide a cryoprobe to the affected area. We will then administer a three-minute freeze, followed by a 30-second defrost and another three-minute freeze. The probe is removed and an antiseptic is applied, along with a small bandage to prevent infection. No stitches are required! According to Third Age, the cost is just a little over $500, with most insurance companies covering it. If you have one of the conditions listed and live in the NYC area, do not hesitate to contact us with your questions about Cryosurgery. We’d love to help!
Our Director, NY Podiatrist, Dr. Josef J. Geldwert is Board Certified in Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a recognized authority on the most advanced surgical techniques to correct bunions and hammertoes.
Dr. Katherine Lai is Board Certified in Foot Surgery and has lectured extensively on The Diabetic Foot and Wound Care and on the Scope and Practice of Holistic Podiatry at an Integrative Medicine conference.
Dr. Malezhik has an extensive training in all aspects of foot surgery, including complicated reconstructive procedures and aesthetically pleasing foot surgery, utilizing the latest advances in podiatric care.
“I am so grateful for having had Dr. Geldwert perform bunion surgery on both of my feet. I have complete confidence in him and continue to see him for other sports related injuries. I was cautious about having surgery for the first time, but his knowledge, patience, and skill made me completely comfortable in trusting him. And I couldn’t be any happier with the results!! When anything else feels wrong with my feet, I love that I now know to go immediately to him. He is my top choice for anyone searching for the best foot fixer/surgeon/sports doctor in NYC! Thank you, Dr. Geldwert!!!”
– J. M., Manhattan, NY
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Dr. Josef J. Geldwert DPM, Dr. Katherine Lai DPM, Dr. Ryan Minara, DPM, and Dr. Mariola Rivera DPM serving Westchester County, White Plains, Ardsley, Bronxville, Harrison NY, Larchmont, Mamaroneck, New Rochelle, Rye, Scarsdale, Rye Brook, Chappaqua, and the surrounding area.
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