Cryosurgery is a relatively new method of treating Morton’s neuroma, and one that offers many advantages over conventional treatment methods.
Advantages of Cryosurgery Treatment
Compared to conventional surgery, cryosurgery has a number of distinct advantages. For one, the procedure does not need to be performed in a hospital, and hence is available at The Barn Clinic. This greatly reduces the overall treatment protocol and the amount of time required.
As a clinical procedure cryosurgery does not require stitches, and is considerably less evasive than conventional Morton’s neuroma surgery. The recovery time is much shorter as a result, and there is very little post treatment neuroma pain and only mild bruising in the forefoot. This bruising only lasts 4-5 days; you can typically return to work after 24 hours and return to sport after just a few months. With cryosurgery there is no post-operative neuritis or neuralgia pain.
Cryosurgery patients are able to walk out of the clinic in their own shoes, and only require a plaster to cover the puncture site of their foot. Conventional Morton’s neuroma surgery necessitates that patients were a full post-operative boot, and will require post-treatment opiate based analgesics. This is not the case with cryotherapy.
Perhaps the greatest advantage of cryosurgery for Morton’s neuroma is the complete lack of stump neuroma formation risk in the foot. This is a common occurrence with convention surgery, and can be as painful as the original neuroma. Cryosurgery has a high success rate and wide patient acceptance.
Cryosurgery has been approved by the FDA (a branch of the United States government that regulates food, drugs and medical procedures and equipment). The cryosurgery equipment at The Barn Clinic has also received a European Union C.E. mark for the treatment of neuroma and Plantar Fasciitis.
Risks of Cryosurgery Treatment
Cryosurgery has a very low incidence of complications associated with treatment. Infections are incredibly rare (after 8 years of performing cryosurgery at The Barn Clinic we have had 0 recorded or reported infections), as is abscess formation at the puncture site.
All Morton’s neuroma patients who have had cryosurgery have maintained full motor function with no greater loss of sensation than they had prior to the procedure. If patients are unlucky enough to experience a return of Morton’s neuroma symptoms at the one or two year point, the cryosurgery procedure can simply be repeated.
There have been multiple studies conducted concerned with the efficacy of cryosurgery for Morton’s neuroma. We have a bank of studies on file, which you are welcome to request.
Cryosurgery injection treatment involves very cold temperatures; therefore this sometimes this procedure is not offered to those Morton’s neuroma patients with poor circulation or peripheral vascular disease or conditions such as chilblains or Raynaud’s Phenomena.