iovera ( pain treatment used prior to TKR)? Any one?

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Has your ortho ever suggested "iovera" prior to knee surgery? Apparently, it provides pain relief and or reduces the amount of narcotics post surgery. It freezes the nerves for 2-3 months while they go thru the process of regenerating. I saw my ortho yesterday for possible loosening of my implant (19 months post TKR), numbness and pain L. knee and he brought iovera up. I am now going thru the routine work up scheduled to check for infection via lab work, bone scan, and EMG to see if there is nerve entrapment.

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    Hi

    Just read your question and pulled up information on this stuff.  My doctor here in the states never mentioned this. For years I’ve been suffering knee pain due to inflammation caused by arthritis. I stand on my feet all day for work so you can imagine what my knees look like at the end of the day! I finally had my RTKR on March 26 2018. I’m still not able to go past 106 bend in the knee.  The physical therapist makes me bend to the point I have tears rolling down my cheeks. I go back to work on June 18th and trying my hardest to be ok with the pain and swelling. It’s not as bad as at first but feel I have a bit of a ways to go. I have an appointment with my surgeon on June 6th. I will be asking him about this iovera.

    Thank you for the information and will continue to add comments when I see what he says.

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      Bless your heart Lynda.  I am in states as well and have never of this. I am going to google it.... I was 4 mths post op yesterday and have swelling, warmness , numbness and PAIN..... and your ROM is better than mine.  Im not a fan of TKR's.     at all.......................

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    Never heard of it.... interesting......... what is not interesting is the fact you're having problems 19 mths post op.  damn, what happened.  Im 4 mths post op, yesterday, and still have a stiff knee and pain.... I actually think I might have an infection also, but my ortho's office hasn't returned my call.  they run when I call......... seriously.   

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    I don't believe this is approved by the US FDA and may never be under current guidelines. They are looking at potential side effects and the last I knew, if it gets approved it will be some time coming. Maybe Chico has info regarding this.

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    Hope theres nothing serious going on with your knee. Im curious as to what you meant when you said possible loosening of your implant. Do you mean it is possibly coming lose or that it is too tight and has possibly entrapped the nerves in your knee? At times parts of my knee is so stiff I wonder if the implant is too tigh. 
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