The iovera° treatment is minimally invasive and can be performed in your physician’s office. You will be awake throughout the treatment and should be able to leave immediately afterwards. The average treatment time for one pain site is approximately 20-30 minutes.
IS iovera° RIGHT FOR ME?
What kind of results can I expect?
The iovera° system delivers a very precise treatment. When the treatment is applied to a specific nerve, it will immediately interrupt that nerve’s ability to send a pain signal. Your physician can discuss the specific results that you can expect from the iovera° treatment.
How long does it last?
The duration of the pain relief depends on the location of the nerve being treated. Your physician can discuss how long you can expect your results to last.
What kinds of activities can I do?
You’ll need to take it easy for a day following your treatment. After that, you can pursue your normal activities and reasonable exercise. As part of your consultation, your doctor will tell you more about appropriate post-treatment activity levels.
PREPARING FOR TREATMENT
What should I be doing?
Your physician will use their discretion, but there is very little that you need to do before your treatments. During the consultation with your physician, please discuss your daily medications such as blood thinners, pain medications, and any health conditions or health history.
How soon will I recover?
Most patients experience immediate pain reduction after treatment so please refer to your physician for guidance on post-treatment activities. There is little downtime following treatment, and you should be able to resume your normal activities on the treatment day. There is typically no general anesthesia required, and most patients are able to drive home following treatment if advised by their physician. Side effects are typically transient and comparable to other needle based treatments, such as bruising and soreness at the treatment site.
Short Term Recommendations:
Keep treatment area clean and dry during healing.
For soreness relief:
- Ice may be applied.
- OTC pain medications (per physician’s discretion).
- Return to normal activities slowly per your physician’s discretion.
- Seek guidance around safe levels of exertion and joint stress.
- Seek opportunities for joint rehabilitation and strengthening, if necessary.
- Exercise daily for a period appropriate with your age.
- Live a healthy lifestyle with focus on weight management.
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