What is Cryosurgery – Purpose, Procedure & Risks?


Cryosurgery is a type of surgery done to destroy abnormal tissues, like tumors. It involves the use of extreme cold to be targeted the affected area.

The most commonly used substance for this surgery is liquid nitrogen. In some cases, argon and carbon dioxide can also be used. To use liquid nitrogen, it should be at a temperature of -346 and -320°F, at this point, it instantly freezes anything it comes in contact with. If applied to the human tissue, it kills and destroys cells. This is done in an attempt to destroy cancerous cells.

Cryosurgery is a treatment option for tumors and precancerous lesions located on your skin. Although, it can also be used for some tumors inside the body.

Cryosurgery is also referred to as cryotherapy, the procedure is similar to the technique used to remove warts with a liquid nitrogen spray.