What does recovery look like?
Cryotherapy works because cancer cells, like all living tissue, are unable to survive extremely cold temperatures. The applied cold instantly draws heat out of the cancerous cells, and the ensuing ice crystals cause the cancer cells to rupture and die.
Since cryotherapy is minimally invasive compared to traditional open surgeries, there is usually considerably less blood loss. That means patients can expect less pain, swelling and discomfort, shorter hospital stays, and a shorter recovery period overall. If necessary, over conventional therapies, including radiation, can follow cryotherapy.