Cryosurgery – Professional Brooklyn Gynecological Services – Brooklyn, NY

What is Cryosurgery? Cervical cryosurgery
or cryotherapy is a gynecological treatment that freezes a section of a woman’s cervix.
Cryotherapy uses special instruments called cryo probes that deliver liquid nitrogen.
It is most often done to destroy abnormal cervical cells that are precancerous, which
your doctor will refer to as cervical dysplasia & is over 85% effective. Cryosurgery is usually
done after a colposcopy confirms the presence of any abnormal cervical cells. Cryotherapy
is also used for the treatment of cervicitis or inflammation of the cervix & abnormal bleeding.
Cryotherapy is not a treatment for cervical cancer. What happens during Cryosurgery? Cryosurgery
is an office procedure that is done while you are awake. After undressing form the waist
down you will be asked to lie down with your feet in stirrups. A metal speculum is then
inserted into the vaginal canal so that it can be held open to allow for a view of your
cervix. A cryo probe is then inserted into the vagina and placed firmly on the surface
of your cervix, covering the abnormal tissue. Liquid nitrogen then begins to flow out of
the cryo probe at approximately -50 degrees Celsius. The cryo probe becomes cold enough
to freeze and destroy the abnormal cervical tissue. For optimal treatment and the best
results the freezing is done for 3 minutes, the doctor will let your cervix thaw and then
repeat the treatment for 3 more minutes. Although some slight cramping may occur, cryosurgery
is relatively painless and produces very little scarring. What can I expect after cryosurgery? Almost
all normal activities can be resumed immediately after surgery. It is normal to experience
a watery discharge for the first few weeks following the procedure, which is caused by
the shedding of the dead cervical tissue. Do not use tampons or douches and no vaginal
intercourse for at least 2-3 weeks. If you experience any fever, heavy vaginal bleeding,
severe or increasing pelvic pain or foul smelling yellowish discharge please call your doctor
immediately at Professional Gynecological Services. Cryotherapy is relatively risk free. After
cryosurgery you will be required to have a Pap test done every 3-6 months for a period
of time to ensure the surgery was successful. Once you have had several normal pap smears
your doctor at Professional Gynecological Services will discuss how often you should
come in for a screening in the future. 718.875.4848

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