Cryotherapy is a cutting-edge treatment technique that involves the use of extreme cold to eliminate abnormal tissue. At Ottawa Derm Centre, we utilize this innovative approach to target various skin conditions, including warts, skin tags, and early-stage skin cancers. Additionally, cryotherapy is employed to treat internal concerns like cervical, liver, and prostate cancers. This procedure, also known as cryoablation, is minimally invasive and yields remarkable results.
During cryotherapy, our healthcare providers apply extreme cold to abnormal tissue, causing the cells to perish. We use substances like liquid nitrogen, liquid nitrous oxide, or argon gas to create this intense cold. The treatment can be administered externally on the skin or internally, depending on the location of the abnormal tissue.
For skin-related concerns, a spraying device or cotton swab is used to apply the freezing agent, typically liquid nitrogen.
To address internal issues, such as tumors or precancerous cells, a specialized instrument called a cryoprobe is utilized. This probe is inserted through a small incision to target the affected tissue.
Most patients do not require specific preparations for skin-related cryotherapy. However, for internal cryosurgery, certain medications like aspirin or blood thinners may need to be discontinued a few days before the procedure. Patients might also be required to limit food and drink intake and arrange for transportation after the procedure.
During the treatment, patients may experience minimal discomfort. External cryotherapy results in redness and possible blistering, with the treated area forming a scab that typically heals within one to three weeks. Internally, ultrasound imaging guides the cryoprobe, ensuring precise application of extreme cold to the abnormal tissue.
Post-treatment, patients might experience mild pain, soreness, or watery discharge, depending on the procedure’s location. The risks are minimal, with complications such as bleeding, cramping, or skin infections being rare.
Cryotherapy offers numerous benefits, including minimal pain, reduced bleeding, and a lower risk of damaging surrounding healthy tissue compared to traditional surgery. Complications are infrequent but may include bone fractures or nerve damage in rare cases.
Cryotherapy at Ottawa Derm Centre provides a safe and effective solution for various skin concerns and internal issues. Our expert healthcare providers ensure personalized care, guiding patients through a seamless journey to healthier skin. Book your consultation today and experience the transformative power of cryotherapy.