Cryotherapy destroys tissue in the cervix that is not normal. It is also used to treat conditions such as genital warts.
Your doctor will put a tool called a speculum into your vagina. It opens your vagina. This lets your doctor see the cervix and inside the vagina. A special fluid may be put on your cervix to make the tissue easier to see.
Your doctor will freeze the tissue with a probe that can get very cold. You may have some cramps during the treatment.
You may have mild cramps for several hours after the procedure. You should be able to go back to your normal routine right away. Use a pad if you have any bleeding. You may have some fluid release for 2 to 3 weeks.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of: July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Martin J. Gabica, MD - Family Medicine & Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Kevin C. Kiley, MD - Obstetrics and Gynecology
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