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Cryosurgery Causes Profound and Persistent Ischemia

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Sepideh Khoshnevis, Kenneth R. Diller

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX

Paper No. SBC2012-80635, pp. 631-632; 2 pages
doi:10.1115/SBC2012-80635
From:
  • ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference
  • ASME 2012 Summer Bioengineering Conference, Parts A and B
  • Fajardo, Puerto Rico, USA, June 20–23, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Bioengineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4480-9
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME

abstract

Cryotherapy has been used in the treatment of soft tissue trauma and other ailments since the time of Hippocrates. Currently it is commonly applied in conjunction with surgical procedures and by athletic trainers and physical therapists to control pain, swelling, bleeding, and inflammation. Localized cooling also results in slowing of the nerve conduction velocity and reduced muscle spasm and secondary hypoxic injury1,2. Cooling is commonly used for soft tissue injuries in combination with rest, compression and elevation to minimize inflammation.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME

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