Targeted Cold Therapy: An Innovative Way to Manage Pain

0
25

Total knee replacements (TKRs) are some of the most common surgical procedures in the United States, and research shows the number of TKRs performed annually is expected to increase to 3.48 million by 2030. A knee replacement may be necessary for a variety of reasons, But one of the most common is to relieve pain from knee osteoarthritis (OA), a joint disease that impacts over 32 million people in the US alone. Historically, physicians have turned to opioids to help manage patients pain before and after surgery; However, these medications come with a myriad of side effects, including nausea, vomiting, constipation, and confusion.

Dr. Devin Peck

The rising national focus on the opioid crisis has also raised significant awareness to the risks of addiction or dependence to opioids prescribed to treat acute or chronic pain. From 2019 to 2020, there was an increase in drug overdose deaths by 30.6 percent in Texas. This number is staggering in light of our national epidemic—but thankfully, recent innovations in pain management have allowed physicians to manage their patients’ pain while reducing the overall need for opioids.

As an interventional pain management specialist who is dual board-certified in pain management and anesthesiology, I am passionate about providing effective and safe pain management options to my patients. I am currently collaborating with local orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Sean Gallagher at ATX Orthopedics to start managing patients’ knee pain before their TKR surgery even takes place. This approach can increase patient comfort leading up to their procedure and enhances recovery postoperatively.

Dr.  Sean Gallagher
Dr. Sean Gallagher

When Dr. Gallagher identifies patients in need of surgery, we work together to ensure that they receive an iovera° treatment in my office before their procedure. iovera° is a handheld device that delivers intense focused cold therapy – also known as cryoanalgesia – to specific nerves in the knee, stopping pain signals from going to the brain. This innovative non-opioid option is delivered right in my office and the effect lasts for up to 90 days.

Many of our patients who receive an iovera° treatment expressing feeling immediate relief that provides them a sense of confidence heading into their TKR surgery. Following surgery, patients have reported improved physical therapy experiences, well-managed pain, and a notable reduction in the number of opioids prescribed or needed.

For patients in need of a knee replacement who are nervous about pain or opioid-related side effects, I encourage you to speak with your physician about all of the non-opioid options available to manage your pain, especially iovera°. Dr. Gallagher and I are proud to work together to offer patients this novel, non-opioid approach that starts before surgery in an effort to manage pain, improve outcomes, and reduce opioid exposure.

For more information, please visit www.iovera.com/safety


Dr. Devin Peck is dual board-certified in both pain management and anesthesiology at Austin Interventional Pain.

Dr. Sean Gallagher is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon specializing in hip and knee reconstructive surgery at ATX Orthopedics.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here