What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy involves using freezing temperature to destroy abnormal cervical tissue. A speculum is inserted into the vagina. Once the area is visualized, a metal tipped probe is placed against the abnormal tissue. The freezing agent (liquid nitrogen) then flows through the probe and the freezing temperature is passed through the metal to the surface of the cervix. The freezing is performed with either a "double-freeze" technique (freeze, thaw, freeze), or a single, slightly longer, freeze cycle. Once the freeze cycle(s) are finished, the procedure is complete. The goal of the procedure is to treat abnormalities of the cervix initially discovered by pap testing and confirmed by colposcopy and cervical biopsy.
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