Ultrasound-Guided Cryoablation of a Traumatic Hip Disarticulation Neuroma

Ryan R. Ramsook, David Spinner

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Objective: Traumatic amputation at the pelvic level is a rare procedure with few studies addressing long-term complications. Painful neuroma formation may form at the site of nerve transection and cause significant impairments in daily living. Ultrasound-guided cryoablation therapy has grown in popularity and should be considered in patients with painful neuromas. This is a case report of complete pain relief in a patient with rare traumatic hip disarticulation with neuroma formation, treated with ultrasound-guided cryoablation. The patient gave consent for publication. Design: Single case report. Setting: Mount Sinai Medical Center. Patient: A 57-year-old man with traumatic hip disarticulation over 30 years ago with a 10-year history of severe residual limb pain from neuroma formation. Interventions: Ultrasound-guided cryoablative injection therapy. Outcome Measures: Pain reduction. Results: Ultrasound-guided cryoablation of a traumatic hip disarticulation neuroma resulting in complete pain relief and improved functionality and independence. Conclusions: This case illustrates a rare incidence of painful neuroma formation in a patient with traumatic hip disarticulation. Cryoablation with ultrasound guidance resulted in resolution of all pain. We report, to the best of our knowledge, the first occasion of an ultrasound-guided cryoablation resulting in complete pain relief in a traumatic hip disarticulation neuroma.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)941-944
Number of pages4
JournalPain Practice
Issue number7
StatePublished - Sep 2017


  • amputation
  • cryoablation
  • neuroma
  • traumatic hip disarticulation
  • ultrasound


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