Dr. Amber Randall’s team is now offering the ioveraº treatment for total knee arthroplasty (TKA) patients prior to surgery to minimize postsurgical pain. The ioveraº treatment blocks targeted peripheral nerves from sending pain signals and lasts until the nerve regenerates. One study suggests that 70% of knee pain patients reported pain relief 150 days post-treatment. This will allow patients to get through their TKA rehabilitation more comfortably.
Postsurgical TKA patients using iovera report:
- Fewer opioids used
- Less stiffness
- Less pain
The ioveraº procedure is administered 5 – 7 days prior to the patient’s TKA surgical date. Flagstaff Bone & Joint only offers this service on a self-pay basis. The cost is $600.
Frequently Asked Questions
How does it work?
A small probe is inserted into the treatment region, and a treatment cycle is performed. A precise cold zone is formed under the skin—cold enough to temporarily stop the nerve from signaling without damaging surrounding tissue. This is repeated until the nerve is blocked, providing pain relief until the nerve regenerates.
Does the treatment hurt?
A topical numbing spray will be applied to the skin before treatment. While the treatment should not be painful, it is normal to experience pressure, a sensation of cold, warmth, tingling, and/or tapping during treatment. This altered sensation during treatment is an indication that the treatment is working.
Are there any side effects?
Common side effects include local pain, tenderness, swelling, bruising, and tingling.
Feedback from patients who had the iovera treatment prior to their total knee arthroplasty:
How has the iovera treatment assisted you in your recovery?
"Tremendously, was off pain pills in less than a week." - Mary
"I am further along [with my recovery] then expected and my Physical Therapist is impressed." - Barbara
"I feel it has assisted with increasing my range of motion with reduced pain." - Robert
To learn more about iovera or to schedule an appointment, please call (928) 773-2280 or make an appointment online.