What is Cryosurgery Used For?
Can cryosurgery help my health issues?
- Kidney Stones
- Robotic Surgery
- Bladder Cancer
- Skin Problems
- Skin Cancer
- Urinary Tract
Cryosurgery for Prostate Cancer
Prostate cancer is a deadly disease and is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the United States for men. Cryosurgery, also called cryotherapy, is the procedure focusing on the prostate gland where extremely cold temperatures are used to freeze the prostate cancer cells. This is a minimally invasive procedure and causes the cancer cells to die. There is a risk of erectile dysfunction due to permanent nerve damage after the procedure is done.
Here is a detailed guide on prostate cancer and how some doctors are treating it with cryosurgery.
Cryosurgery for Kidney Stones
Currently I have not found any doctors recommending cryosurgery for kidney stones. Usually most kidney stones pass through the urinary tract without any problems. If a kidney stone is too large there is shock wave treatment or surgery to remove the stone.
Cryosurgery for Robotic Surgery
At the moment cryosurgery is performed as a minimally invasive procedure. It’s usually a same day outpatient procedure where the patient can leave after the procedure is complete.
Robotic surgery which is often used with more complicated operations has not yet been used with cryosurgery.
Cryosurgery for Bladder Cancer
Every year more than 70,000 people are diagnosed with bladder cancer in the United States.
Bladder cancer is the 4th most common cancer among men. Chemotherapy is usually the standard treatment for patients with bladder cancer but side effects can be serious.
In order to limit the side effects, cryotherapy has been performed on patients with late-stage bladder cancer, some with favorable results.
Cryosurgery for Skin Problems
Cryosurgery can be used to treat skin problems like pre-cancerous skin growths, actinic keratosis, lesions and skin tags.
Liquid nitrogen is used to to destroy the cells by freezing the affected area. This procedure is usually done in your doctor’s office or clinic and you can return home on the same day.
Cryosurgery for Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common cancer and roughly 3.3 million people in the United States are diagnosed with the disease every year. More than 75,000 of these diagnoses will be Melanoma, which is the most serious type of skin cancer.
Cryosurgery can be used to treat skin cancer if the cancer has developed in a certain area for the first time (primary lesion), if there are multiple skin cancers that need to be removed, you have a bleeding disorder and you cannot use another procedure to remove it.
Here is some information about cryosurgery for non melanoma skin cancer and its treatment.
Cryosurgery for Urinary Tract Infections
Your medical professional can help you determine if you have a UTI by asking questions about the kind of symptoms you have, giving you a physical exam and giving you a urine test.
Urinary tract infections are caused by bacteria. Antibiotics are used to treat them although the bacteria are becoming resistant to the these antibiotics which will make it harder to heal your condition. Cryosurgery is not usually used to treat urinary tract infections.
Cryosurgery for Dermatologists
Cryosurgery has been used by dermatologists for more than one hundred years. Around the 1940s liquid nitrogen became easier to get and the use of cryosurgery increased rapidly. In the 1960s a liquid nitrogen spray became available to doctors as well as metal probe applicators. By 1990 more than 85% of all dermatologists used cryotherapy for their patients. Today cryosurgery is an accepted part of many practicing dermatologists.
Cryosurgery for Dermatology
The field of dermatology has used cryosurgery successfully to treat patients for more than 100 years. Skin cancer, bladder cancer, prostate cancer, kidney cancer and other diseases can be treated without the serious side effects of chemotherapy which makes cryosurgery more attractive to many patients.
Pre-cancerous skin diseases can be treated in the doctor’s office or clinic with the patient returning home on the same day.
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