Cryosurgery is a modern form of treatment for Morton’s neuroma. Cryosurgery for Morton’s neuroma offers patients a minimally invasive, clinic-based procedure with a high success rate and virtually no risk of stump neuroma.
Cryosurgery for Morton’s Neuroma
Unlike conventional Morton’s neuroma surgery cryosurgery can be performed in a clinic, and there is virtually no risk of the patient developing a stump neuroma following treatment. Cryotherapy also has a much shorter recovery period than other treatment options, and has an extremely high success rate.
An important feature of cryosurgery treatment for Morton’s Neuroma to appreciate is that the essential aspects of the nerve, the epineurium and the perinerium, remain intact therefore preventing the possibility of formation of a stump neuroma on the foot which is a common occurrence with other surgical options.
Cryotherapy does not completely destroy the nerve, and therefore does not usually result in permanent numbness of the foot or toes.
What form of anaesthetic is used?
Due to the minimally invasive nature of the cryosurgery procedure, it is not necessary to administer a general anesthetic. At The Barn Clinic we only anesthetise the interspace/area in which we are going to be treating, meaning you will still have full sensation in the rest of the foot. This is particularly beneficial to patients, as it means they are able to walk out of the clinic following the procedure with no need for crutches or a wheelchair, and you wont be left with any grogginess or side effect from general anesthetic.
We use 2 different types of anesthetic for the cryosurgery treatment. We initially administer a ‘fast-acting’ local anesthetic, which will numb the area within 1-2 minutes and will generally last around 1 hour. We also administer a ‘long-acting’ local anesthetic, which will take around 5 -10 minutes to take effect, but will last on average 6-20 hours, making sure your are comfortable into the evening.
What can you expect during the treatment?
Your treatment will take place in a bright, clean and airy treatment room, and will be carried out by Mr Robin Weaver, with assistance from another member of staff. Both Robin and his assistant will ensure you feel at ease during your appointment and will often chat to you throughout the treatment.
You will be sat up (or laid back on request) in your own clothes, and you are welcome to bring a family member into the treatment with you.
As with many minor procedure in which anesthetic is require, the first numbing injections are the most uncomfortable part of the treatment, but following these injections you wont feel any pain or discomfort. Some patients report feeling slight vibration from the probe, approximately 100 patients report feeling a cold sensation during a small portion of the treatment.
The full length of the treatment will typically last around 40 – 60 minutes, including administering anaesthetic and dressing the area after.