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An Introduction to Cryosurgery July 23 2014

Minimally invasive surgical procedures are becoming one of medicine’s fastest growing trends…and for good reason. They allow faster recovery time, faster procedure times, less pain and many other benefits. One procedure that has become more and more common is cryosurgery. Cryosurgery is the process of using high-pressure compressed gasses to create extremely low temperatures at the surgical site. These low temperatures are used to freeze and destroy diseased and malformed skin cells.  This process is especially useful in the treatment and removal of skin conditions such as common warts, skin tabs, moles, genital warts and many others. 

In external cryosurgery (cryosurgery used outside of the body), the extreme cold applied to the site is less painful than cutting, thus removing the need for local anesthetic. Since Cryosurgery is minimally invasive, it can be finely targeted to the site, reducing the chances of collateral tissue damage. Cryosurgery eliminates Nuance Medical CryoDosebleeding associated with traditional surgical procedures, and with that, carries less complications and chance of infection due to the absence of open wounds. Cryosurgery also has very few side effects, and the few it does have are much less severe.  Also, Cryosurgery is generally a much less expensive procedure than a traditional surgical procedure. 

Cryosurgery is not without a few negatives.  Total skin cell removal could take multiple office treatments.  After the procedure, redness, swelling, and blisters may occur and pain is likely, but minimal. Nerve damage can occur in areas around the surgical site, due to the extreme temperature.  

This being said, we feel Cryosurgery is very effective and less costly technique for the treatment of irregular skin cells.  If you are interested in adding Cryosurgery to your medical practice, there are many options including Verruca Freeze, Cryodose, CryOmega, Cry-Ac and others.