Cryosurgery in Chicago, IL
If you like to sunbathe and frequently check your skin for unusual growths, moles, or skin lesions, and find something suspicious, your doctor may opt to remove it. One technique to remove suspicious growths during or after an examination of them is cryosurgery.
What is Cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery is a technique for removing growths, lesions, or other tissue from the body. It involves using a probe with liquid nitrogen flowing through it to freeze the tissue to remove it. They may use cryospray for freezing the tissue as well.
In some cases, one of our doctors at Lau Medical may not use a probe for Cryosurgery. He or she can use a swab that they dip into liquid nitrogen to freeze the tissue before removing it. Dermatologists often use Cryosurgery to remove other tissue like:
- Viral warts
- Actinic keratoses – These are scaly areas that come from exposure to the sun. They can transform into a form of skin cancer called squamous cell carcinoma
- Seborrhoeic keratoses – This is otherwise known as senile warts
Does Cryosurgery Hurt?
When one of our doctors in Chicago, IL chooses to treat a skin growth with cryosurgery, it may sting when the liquid nitrogen touches the skin. However, this technique doesn’t require anesthesia, and the sting or slight pain goes away quickly.
Our doctors at Lau Medical perform this technique in their offices so that you don’t need to visit another facility in Chicago, IL. After using this technique to remove a growth, the skin usually appears normal. However, there can be complications from its use, such as:
- The treated area doesn’t heal quickly
- Ulceration of the treated area
- Scarring or hyperpigmentation
- Recurring skin lesions that need further treatment
Other Cryosurgery Uses
Aside from treating skin lesions, moles, and other skin growths, cryosurgery has other medical uses. A form of cryosurgery called cryosurgery treats some forms of cancer, such as prostate cancer. Some doctors use it to freeze abnormal cells in the cervix, and it can treat nerve entrapment, which refers to pinched nerves.
If you are worried about abnormal-looking moles or lesions on your skin, consult with one of our doctors at Lau Medical near you in Chicago, IL.