What is Cryosurgery?

Cryosurgery, or cryotherapy, uses extremely cold temperatures in order to selectively destroy neuroma tissue. The aim of this procedure is to shrink tissue and to disrupt the blood supply to abnormal tissue.

Cryosurgery uses Nitrous Oxide gas to form a 6-10mm ice ball at the tip of a cryoprobe, which reaches temperatures as low as -50°C. The tip can then be used to selectively destroy nerve tissue. In the case of Morton’s neuroma treatment this is done by causing extensive vascular damage to the nerve sheath capillaries. This then causes demyelination (breakdown of the myelin sheath) and degeneration of the axon.

Cryosurgery At The Barn Clinic

Mr. Robin Weaver at The Barn Clinic in Sheffield UK was the first clinician in Europe to use cryosurgery for Morton’s neuroma treatment, as well as for the treatment of plantar fasciitis, plantar fibroma and osteoarthritis of the ankle joint. Furthermore we are now the first clinic world wide to successfully treat stump neuroma with cryosurgery. We are frequently asked to lecture and provide cryosurgery training and advice and share protocols with other podiatrists, doctors and clinics.

Your Cryosurgery Appointment

Typically, before having cryosurgery for Morton’s neuroma patients first attend for an hour assessment appointment. During this appointment a detailed medical history is taken, followed by a physical examination and an ultrasound scan of the foot.

If your symptoms are made worse by a certain pair of shoes you should bring them with you for your assessment – you should bring them but NOT wear them. If you are a suitable candidate for treatment you will be given a detailed explanation of what the treatment involves, although this information is contained in an information document that you will have already received prior to your appointment. Should you decide to proceed, we will then offer you an hour appointment for your cryosurgery (or one and a half hours for two stump neuroma).

The appointment for the treatment itself is generally on a separate day. However, if you are travelling a long way to attend we can arrange a morning assessment appointment, followed by an afternoon treatment appointment. Please note that if an afternoon treatment appointment is made for you in advance it is not a guarantee that treatment will take place. This is because the treatment is subject to an assessment and on rare occasions we find that some patient’s pain is not stemming from the forefoot, but somewhere else such as a pinched nerve in the ankle or back. In such cases cryosurgery would not be appropriate.

Contact us today to start your treatment.