A new clinical trial is being conducted by Emory University’s Saint Joseph’s Hospital interventional radiologist J. David Prologo, MD, to study a minimally invasive treatment to help relieve symptoms of residual and phantom limb pain in people with amputations.
The treatment, known as cryoablation therapy, uses CT imaging guidance to place a probe near the nerve responsible for the pain. Once the probe is precisely placed, the temperature is dropped for 25 minutes to create an ablation zone, and the signals the nerve was previously carrying are shut down. The outpatient procedure takes about one hour, and some patients have reported significantly decreased pain and improved function.
For more information about this study, contact the Emory University School of Medicine, Division of Interventional Radiology and Image Guided Medicine at 404.509.9132, 404.520.3233, or [email protected].