CardioVascular and Interventional Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 298–304 | Cite as

Percutaneous Ultrasound-Guided Cryoablation for Symptomatic Plantar Fibromas

  • Muneeb Ahmed
  • Jeffrey L. Weinstein
  • Jawad Hussain
  • Ammar Sarwar
  • Megan Anderson
  • Brian Dillon
Clinical Investigation



Here, we report our experience in treating painful plantar fibromas with percutaneous cryoablation.


We retrospectively identified patients with symptomatic plantar fibromas who underwent percutaneous ultrasound-guided cryoablation between June 2014 and June 2015. In total, four patients (two male, two female) with five plantar fibromas undergoing a total of seven ablation procedures were identified. Each procedure was performed under general anesthesia using a single freeze–thaw cycle. The electronic medical record, procedure reports, and pain scores from a brief pain inventory administered before and after treatment were reviewed. Average and worst pain in 24 h, and time to peak symptom improvement post-procedure were compared. Complications were reviewed using the SIR classification.


Five plantar fibromas were treated (mean size 2.2 ± 1.6 cm). Four of five lesions were present for more than 6 years, and 1/5 was present for less than 1 year. Surgical excision was previously performed on 3/5 lesions, all with short-term recurrence. Mean worst pain score in 24 h and average pain score in 24 h (scale of 10) at initial evaluation were 7.1 ± 1.8 and 5.8 ± 1.9, reduced after cryoablation to 0.8 ± 0.8 and 0.4 ± 0.6, respectively. Average time to symptom improvement was 2.8 ± 0.98 weeks (range 2–4 weeks). All patients reported improved ambulation and weight-bearing, and complete cessation of pain medication after treatment. The improvement was sustained on follow-up at 12 months. No major complications occurred. Minor complications occurred in 3/5 patients.


Early experience with percutaneous ultrasound-guided cryoablation to treat painful plantar fibromas suggests that it is a safe and effective treatment option, with early and near-complete symptom improvement.


Ablation Percutaneous Plantar fibroma Cryoablation 


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Conflict of interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Muneeb Ahmed
    • 1
  • Jeffrey L. Weinstein
    • 1
  • Jawad Hussain
    • 1
  • Ammar Sarwar
    • 1
  • Megan Anderson
    • 2
  • Brian Dillon
    • 3
  1. 1.Division of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, Department of RadiologyBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Orthopedic SurgeryBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyYale Medical SchoolNew HavenUSA

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