CoolSculpting Carried Out by a Nurse Instead of a Doctor - Worried
- Asked by Cece52 in Warrensburg, MO
- 2 years ago
I am concerned now that a nurse did the procedure, I am over weight, but have lost many lbs, I was hoping this would help me along the way.
I have pain like bee stings, nerves going nuts, and sore to the touch. The swelling is down as it has been a week. My brusing is some interesting colors for sure! When I went for my consult, the nurse who did it stated I was a canidate. Is this procedure only to be done by a doctor? thanks for a reply
CoolSculpting can be effectively provided by physician extenders
Different states may have different regulations as to who can treat patients with lasers, and other non-laser devices such as Zeltiq's CoolSculpting. In my NYC office, we have taken the extra effort to become a certified CoolSculpting practice. I, or another physician, first sees the patient in consultation and then if it is determined that the CoolSculpting is indicated, I will determine which applicator is needed per area of treatment.
The symptoms and signs you mention are not unheard of and should recover spontaneously, but this may take a different number of weeks in different people. If there is no short term improvement then please call the practice that did the treatment for the physician to examine you.
Web reference: http://www.thenyac.com/zeltiq/index.html
Who can perform CoolSculpting?
Thank you for your question.
The symptoms that you are experiencing is common for some patients who have undergone CoolSculpting treatments. Patients experience these symptoms whether the procedure is performed by the doctor or another staff in the office. The company does come out and train staff members to perform this procedure so it is OK that a nurse performed the procedure on you.... really, the machine does most (if not all) of the work.
These symptoms should subside within a couple of weeks. If you have concerns, call the office and set up a time to go in and be seen.
Consultations and treatments
i evaluate all of my coolsculpting patients personally. some are better candidates for liposuction, other better candidates for an excisional surgery ie tummy tuck. as far as performing the procedure, as long as the correct area is properly targeted, i do believe this can be safely performed by a nurse or other medical staff. swelling and bruising are normal as this device truly does target tissue!
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Symptoms after Zeltiq
It is very common to experience numbness, "pins and needles" sensations, cramping, and mild pain following a Zeltiq procedure, regardless of whom applied the device. Over 85% of patients will experience one of the above mentioned symptoms. Usually these symptoms last about 1-2 weeks. Some of my patients have found an over the counter menthol based cream called Sarna lotion to be soothing to the treated area. However, if the pain and symptoms are severe, please contact your provider.
Swelling is common after the treatment as you are healing and some patients prefer to wear loser fitting clothes for the first few weeks after coolsculpting. Bruising varies from patient to patient and application to application, but most bruising will resolve in 1-3 weeks.
There are variations in policies between offices for whom performs the consultation, mapping of the treatment areas, and placement of the coolsculpting applicator. In our office, only the physician performs consultation, mapping, and procedure.
Zeltiq Coolsculpting is a great procedure for helping to sculpt and contour the body but there may be some discomfort and bruising after the procedure, regardless of who applied the applicator. Staff members who treat patients (in our office our PAs perform the procedures) are all well trained by the company and as you most likely noticed there isn't much in the way of a procedure to perform...the device itself does the work...the providers are there to make sure the placement of the suction is done properly. It is very common to start to feel a pins and needles like sensation in the treated area (like you may have felt if one of your feet has ever fallen asleep and then "wakes up" again). The bruising is caused by the suction. If ever you have any concerns about a treatment you've had you should always call or schedule a follow up with the office where you were treated. Keep in mind also that you may need multiple treatments in an area to achieve the results you desire.
Dr. Grant Stevens
Web reference: http://www.marinaplasticsurgery.com
Coolsculpting works great for reducing fat. However, a certain percentage of patients will have discomfort as you describe. It is independent of the person applying the vacuum device. It occurs as a result of the actual procedure, in other words, 60 minutes of vacuum pressure associated with cold temperature. The side effects you are experiencing will resolve but you should alert your physician.
Who Does Coolsculpting?
Zeltiq the manufacturer of Coolsculpting has excellent office trainers. Usually when a machine is purchased, all practitioners are trained on how to do the procedure and certified by the company. However, each patient's comfort level with what provider is obviously different. In our office, our policy is that only the MDs or PAs do the consultation, evaluation, and actual placement of the applicator so that you build a happy relationship with that provider on follow up. The symptoms that you are having are normal and go away quickly. The best way to minimize the stinging feeeling and twinges is to wear tight underwear like Spanx or pantyhose and take tylenol or aleeve. Most symptoms are gone by the end of the second week.
Web reference: http://www.newportcoastdermatology.com
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.