The cryosurgery technique works by rapidly freezing out tissue cells thus destroying them. The rapid freezing technique is performed to subzero temperatures in order induce an irreversible cell damage. Complete cell destruction will occur at temperatures of -20 to -90 degrees Celcius. Some white areas of necrosis will appear after the cryosurgery. This surgery technique is typically used to treat certain malignancies in the body such as the aggressive tumors and vascular tumors.
Cryosurgery is also used on keloids, gingival melanin pigmentation conditions, and to destroy abdominal cervical cells which may result in cancer. Dr. Harmandeep K. Sidhu at the will discuss with patients on the best conditions under which cryosurgery can be administered.
How is Cryosurgery performed?
Cryosurgery goes under other different names known as cryotherapy or cryo-ablation. The process includes freezing the area in question under extremely cold conditions. Such is done through the use of extreme cold to destroy the diseased tissues. Liquid nitrogen application is used during the operation to remove the offending cells.
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How does the procedure work?
When such cells are exposed to such extreme conditions and with the application of the liquid nitrogen, they are on many occasions completely eliminated for good. The liquid nitrogen has to be under extreme cold temperatures to work effectively and kill the cells in question. The nitrogen is used to help in the rapid cooling of the body part in question. The process undergoes freezing, thawing and refreezing during the whole procedure.
Are there any risks involved?
There have been very little known risks and this can be ascertained by the many number of patients who have had the chance to undergo through this. This has gained extreme approval because unlike the normal surgery living cells are not able to withstand extreme cold conditions but have nothing but to die. The most known risk is the risk of nerve damage surrounding the area in question.
What does the procedure involve?
Interestingly, and unlike the other modes of surgery, most patients come on an outpatient basis. Unless under very extreme conditions are they required to be hospitalized for a day or two for further check-up and monitoring.