A study covered by CBS News reports a new freezing technique, known as Cryoablation Therapy, that can reduce chronic pain at the site of a severed limb. This minimally invasive technique may offer relief to roughly 200,000 Americans who undergo an amputation every year, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention statistics.
Researchers suggest that targeted freezing is a vast improvement to current inadequate phantom limb pain treatment. Through cryoablation therapy, nerve communication is stopped to reduce pain and help improve quality of life.
Dr. David Prologo, an assistant professor in the division of interventional radiology at Emory University School of Medicine, claims “the rate and severity of phantom limb pain in patients today are equal to the rate and severity of patients from 50 years ago.”
Dr. Prologo said efforts are underway to get the process approved by the American Medical Association for phantom limb pain treatment. However, he remains cautious about the current preliminary findings until further research is completed.
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