Cryosurgery is a type of surgery that involves the use of extreme cold to destroy abnormal tissues, such as tumors.
Cryosurgery is typically used for tumors or precancerous lesions found on your skin. However, some tumors inside the body can be treated this way as well. Advances in Cryosurgery technology have dramatically reduced the long-term side effects once associated with the treatment.
Cryosurgery, also called Cryotherapy, is similar to the technique used when doctors freeze off warts using liquid nitrogen spray.
Why Cryosurgery Is Performed:
Cryosurgery is used to destroy tissues in the body. In most cases of cancer, it’s not the first line of treatment. However, it can be used when other forms of treatment have proven unsuccessful, especially if the cancer has returned following other treatments.
Cryosurgery is most often performed to treat cancers or precancerous lesions on the skin. It is, however, used on some internal organs, such as the liver, when disease and other problems make conventional surgery difficult or risky.
Cryosurgery is used as the primary treatment for early prostate cancer that’s contained in the prostate It’s also performed when cancer returns after other therapies.
Swollen or damaged tissue
Tumors or growths blocking the nasal or sinus passage
Risks Associated with Cryosurgery:
Cryosurgery does have risks, but they’re considered lower than other cancer treatments, such as surgery and radiation.
The risks associated with Cryosurgery include:
Damage to nearby healthy tissue or vessels
A loss of sensation if nerves are affected
White skin at the site of the surgery