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Cryosurgery

Cryosurgery, also known as cryotherapy, is a minimally invasive procedure that uses freezing cold temperatures to treat skin abnormalities.

Cat on table with doctor
Cat on table with doctor

Overview

Cryosurgery is a safe, rapid, and effective procedure that offers an alternative to traditional surgery, radiation, and other treatments. This process can be used to treat tumors, skin tags, warts, and other issues relating to the skin, surface of the mouth, eyes, or perianal areas.

How does cryosurgery work?

Our veterinarians apply a small amount of liquid nitrogen to abnormal tissue. Because cells are 70% water, the affected cells then freeze and die, stopping any growth or spreading of skin tags, hemorrhoids, tumors, or lesions. Although the application only takes a few minutes, the healing process can take anywhere from 1 to 3 weeks. Your pet’s treated skin may look discolored during this time, but once the scab heals it will fall off to reveal healthy tissue. Our expert veterinarians may use this cutting edge procedure in conjunction with other treatments in order to best care for your pet’s individual needs.

Is cryosurgery painful?

No, due to the application of intense cold the affected skin and surrounding area will be numbed significantly, so your pet will remain comfortable and calm throughout the process. Often minimal or no anesthetic is required during these treatments. Both the application and healing of cryotherapy is relatively painless. We take every step to make sure your pet is treated with care and compassion during their time with us.