Washington: Patients of neuralgia, a condition where nerves are damaged by surgery, can get relief from a minimally invasive interventional radiology treatment called cryoneurolysis that places a tiny ball of ice on damaged nerves.William Moore, MD, a thoracic interventional radiologist at Stony Brook University School of Medicine, completed more than 200 cryoneurolysis procedures for neuralgia to halt nerve pain in many areas of the body, from head to toe.In the study, 20 patients received cryoneurolysis for a variety of neuralgia syndromes and were evaluated using a pain scale questionnaire immediately after treatment during one-week, one-month and three-month follow-ups after the initial procedure. Prior to treatment, patients` pain plummeted from an average of 8 out of 10 on the pain scale to 2.4 one week after treatment. Pain relief was sustained for about two months after the procedure. Pain increased to an average of 4 out of 10 on the scale after six months due to nerve regeneration, Dr. Moore said."Neuralgia can be difficult to treat, medicines alone often do not help relieve the intense pain patients` experience, and side effects from these medicines are common," said Dr. Moore, Associate Professor of Clinical Radiology, and Chief of Thoracic Imaging.
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