What is cryoablation?

Cryoablation is an image-guided procedure that uses extreme cold to destroy or damage cancerous tissue. It is performed when surgery to remove a tumor may be difficult or impossible. An interventional radiologist performs cryoablation using a “cryoprobe.” This is a thin probe that delivers extreme cold that forms an ice ball at its tip, freezing nearby cancer cells. Sometimes more than one probe is used.

If you have bone and/or soft tissue cancer

Advantages of cryoablation

  • Decreases pain and pain medication use
  • Increases mobility
  • Treatment may be repeated 

If you have kidney cancer

Advantages of cryoablation

  • Most patients resume normal activities within 24 hours
  • Less painful with fewer side effect than other treatments
  • Preserves more kidney tissue than surgery
  • Does not impact blood pressure
  • May be repeated if necessary
  • Is considered curative

If you have liver cancer

Advantages of cryoablation

  • Less painful than open surgery
  • Saves more healthy tissue than surgery
  • Can be repeated as often as necessary
  • Typically requires an overnight hospital stay and no recovery period after discharge

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