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Curing Knee Pain

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Leslie Griffin has had knee pain since she was 20 from rheumatoid arthritis...an autoimmune disease that causes joints to deteriorate. Knee replacements 15 years ago dramatically helped but then she slipped during the Katrina turmoil and has not been independent since.

"In the last year I've been doing more falling and more, it's really in excruciating pain now."

Caring for her bed ridden husband kept her going, but now he's gone.

"I think why I kept going and doing all I had to do is because he was disabled and I had to take care of him and now that I'm focusing on myself I realize all the pain is really here, it's not a joke it's not clowning, I'm in pain."

Monday, LSU orthopedic surgeon Dr. Vinod Dasa, will perform another knee replacement on Leslie but today he is using something new to take away her pain.

"So once we freeze the nerve it stops transmitting the pain and you're feeling much better."

Iovera uses nitrous oxide canisters to freeze the tiny needles to negative 126 degrees. Then that goes in the skin and freezes the pain nerves. For Leslie, it means instant relief.

"I've had some patients that can last for a few weeks; I've had other patients with six to eight months of pain relief. No chemicals, no drug, no nothing...we're just taking the natural ability, the body's natural response to cold and putting it to our advantage."

"Iovera is FDA approved for pain. There are doctors also using it though for spasticity and headaches and in Europe and the UK, doctors are using it to temporarily get rid of wrinkles in the forehead, kind of like botox but without the chemical."

Leslie's daughter Michelle is holding off on her wedding date for her mom.

"My daughter's getting married. I want to be able to walk, you know, step proudly down the aisle. And that's one of the things that really motivated me more because I don't want to have a cane a walker. I want to walk."
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