February 7, 2023

What to Expect from Your Cryotherapy Appointment

Cryotherapy is a minimally invasive technique that uses cold temperatures to remove genital warts caused by the human papillomavirus. Marina Del Rey cryotherapy is a minimally invasive procedure that is painless and requires minimal downtime than other surgical procedures. It also destroys precancerous cells in your cervix that might lead to cancer if left untreated.

Who is the right candidate for the procedure?

Your healthcare provider will review your medical history and perform tests to evaluate whether you are a good candidate for the procedure. Your specialist can check your vital signs and order other tests like a pelvic exam and a Pap smear test to check your cervix.

Your healthcare can also discuss your sexual history and advice on methods of protecting yourself from STDs.

What does the procedure entail?

The procedure can work internally (vagina and cervix) or externally (labia). Depending on the affected area, your specialist might use different equipment to administer treatment. You might experience a numbing sensation in the treatment areas once your body comes into contact with the treatment products.

If it is internal, your specialist might use a cryoprobe with ultrasound guidance to the affected tissues in your vagina or cervix. If you have genital warts on your labia, your specialist can use a spray or a cotton swab to apply liquid nitrogen to the affected area. Your provider works carefully only to destroy the affected tissues and preserve healthy ones.

The procedure uses liquid nitrogen, argon gas, and liquid nitrous oxide. The components freeze your cells, killing them. Once the abnormal cells are dead, your body will facilitate their excretion from your system and clear a path for the growth of new healthy cells.

You can experience a watery discharge during recovery if you have cervical cryotherapy treatment. If that happens, don’t be alarmed, that is your body’s way of getting rid of the destroyed cells. Once new cells start to grow, you might feel a slight burning or stinging sensation.

Benefits of cryotherapy

One of the primary benefits of the treatment is that it is pain-free. Although you might experience some minor discomfort, your specialist can administer an anesthetic depending on your needs. You can also ask your specialist if you can take pain relievers before or after the treatment for maximum comfort.

While cryotherapy uses freezing temperatures to remove genital warts, it can also treat other gynecological issues like cervical cancer. After screening your cervix, your doctor can use the procedure to eliminate any precancerous cells that might lead to cancer.  

Another benefit of the procedure is that it is quick. Once your specialist has your test results ready, they can begin the process. Whether your provider works externally, on your labia, or inside your vagina or cervix, they need to identify the specific treatment area and remove the abnormal cells.

If you have genital warts or other abnormal tissues in your vagina, cervix, or labia, visit Marina OB/GYN for cryotherapy treatment. You will meet qualified, experienced, and compassionate specialists ready to offer individualized treatment depending on your needs. Call or book an appointment online today.