What is the iovera° treatment?
The iovera° treatment uses the body’s natural response to cold to treat peripheral nerves and immediately reduce pain – without the use of drugs. Treated nerves are temporarily stopped from sending pain signals for a period of time, followed by a restoration of function.
How does iovera° treatment work?
The iovera° treatment works by applying targeted cold to a peripheral nerve. A precise cold zone is formed under the skin – cold enough to immediately prevent the nerve from sending pain signals without causing damage to surrounding structures. The effect on the nerve is temporary, providing pain relief until the nerve regenerates and function is restored.
The iovera° treatment does not include injection of any substance- drugs, opioids or narcotics. The effect of this treatment is immediate and can last up to 90 (ninety) days. In one study, the majority of the patients suffering from osteoarthritis of the knee experienced pain and symptom relief beyond 150 days.
Indications for the procedure include pain control with knee replacement surgery, as well as post-surgical pain, recalcitrant joint pain, or post-traumatic pain. Dr. Delo has used this treatment successfully with knees, hips, shoulders, and ribs. Call Delo Sports Medicine & Interventional Orthopedics to determine if this treatment is for you.