Cryotherapy, also known as cryosurgery is a medical therapy to treat body conditions by subjecting them at low temperatures, so much so as to destroy the diseased or abnormal cells or inactivating nerves. It involves the use of gases like liquid nitrogen, carbon dioxide, or argon put at very low temperature between -346 to -320°F. These when come in contact with human tissue, can destroy cells.
Cryochamber: The cryogenic chamber is used for group treatments in case of whole body cryotherapy is performed.
Below are some common disorders and diseases, among others where Cryotherapy is used:
- Dermatologist use Cryotherapy to treat skin problems like skin tumors, warts, moles, skin tags, and solar keratosis etc.
- Treats pain by inactivating nerves through freezing temperatures at the target site
- Oncologists use it to treat cancer, by destroying benign and malignant tissue at very low temperatures commonly in prostate cancer
Recovery after Cryotherapy
It is a day procedure but in case of an internal organ cryosurgery you have to stay in the hospital. You will have to care for incision, if any, and sites where the skin has been frozen based on your doctor’s instructions.
Risks of Cryotherapy
Cryotherapy is usually a safe procedure, with advancements in the techniques. Side effects of cryotherapy are usually minor. Below are some risks involved:
- Damage to nearby healthy tissue or vessels
- White skin at the site of the surgery
- A loss of sensation if nerves are affected
- Sexual dysfunction
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