Auburn Orthopedic Specialists (AOS) Introduces New Non-Operative Option for Managing Knee Pain

Matt Chadderdon
Thursday, April 21, 2022

AOS is the first Orthopedic Practice in the area to offer a non-operative option for knee arthritis and post-operative pain reducing the need for narcotics or other pain medications.

Auburn Orthopedic Specialists (AOS) is now offering a non-operative option for knee arthritis pain and a pre-operative treatment prior to knee replacement to help with post-operative pain and will also help reduce the need for narcotics. Brian D. Tallerico, DO, orthopedic surgeon and Chair of Orthopedic Surgery at Auburn Community Hospital and Steven C. Kieb an Orthopaedic Physician Assistant at AOS, are seeing exciting results with this new technology. The purpose of the iovera°® technology is to use the body’s natural response to cold to immediately block a sensory nerve from sending pain signals. The controlled doses of cold are administered through a portable, handheld device (see images attached). Pain relief with the iovera° treatment is immediate, and can last up to 90 days. “This is a simple outpatient procedure, and the iovera° safely and effectively allows patients with knee pain to leave the office experiencing less pain than they had when they walked in. Nothing is injected into the body, so there are no systemic side effects. Full results are typically felt before the appointment is over. The treatment is done in the office and is minimally invasive with no sedation,” stated Dr. Tallerico. The iovera treatment is FDA cleared to block pain. “The iovera° treatment is a clinically proven, non-opioid, pain management solution, that uses the body's natural response to cold, to relieve pain without the use of opioids,” stated Dr. Tallerico. “We now use the technology pre-operatively and believe that this technique will lead to approximately 85 percent of patients being able to be narcotic free after knee replacement,” stated Steven Kieb, PA. “I am excited about this new technology. This is another way Auburn Community Hospital is investing in new technology to care for patients, while also playing a role in addressing the opioid epidemic in our area,” said Scott A. Berlucchi, FACHE, President & CEO of Auburn Community Hospital. For More Information or to Schedule an Appointment: Auburn Orthopedic Specialists 77 Nelson Street Auburn NY 13021 315-567-0750 Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 4:00 pm

Auburn Community Hospital is the largest employer in Cayuga County, with a workforce of over 1,000 employees. The Hospital has a combined medical staff of more than 300 medical professionals and multiple primary care sites. Today, ACH is a Health Care Delivery System that includes the Hospital, a Five Star 80-bed Long Term Care and Rehabilitation Center, 3 Urgent Care Centers, as well as Primary Care and Specialty Care Services.

About iovera° The iovera° system is used for the relief of pain and symptoms associated with osteoarthritis of the knee for up to 90 days. The iovera° system is not indicated for treatment of central nervous system tissue. It is important to note that iovera° does not treat the underlying cause of pain. Timely remediation is necessary to address and treat the cause of pain. iovera° has been studied in clinical trials of patients prior to total knee arthroplasty and to treat the pain and symptoms of knee osteoarthritis. Additional information is available at