Freeze! Introducing a “Cool” New Surgical Technique

Using a pen- like device called the “CryoProbe,” the Parkdale Animal hospital now offers a surgical technique called cryosurgery (also called cryotherapy)!

What is cryosurgery?

  • the process of rapidly freezing tissue using a  substance called nitrous oxide to remove unwanted skin lesions

How long does the healing process take?

  • depending on the size of the lesion being removed, the tissue will scab, or “crust” over the first few days of treatment, and simply fall off within the next 14 days

What can cryosurgery be used for?

  • small, benign lumps that can be removed for cosmetic purposes
  • in some cases, it can be used for small cancerous tumors

What are the benefits of cryosurgery?

  • no anesthesia necessary – patients may be sedated if necessary to keep them still but are otherwise fully awake for the entire duration of the procedure
  • can treat lesions as small as 1mm, it’s so safe it can be used close to the eye
  • minimally invasive – no blood or stitches!
  • little to no discomfort to the patient
  • very short procedure times (5-30 seconds)
  • no skin preparation or aftercare required (no bandaging, ointments, etc.)

Does your pet have an unwanted lump that needs to be taken care of? Give us a call to book an appointment for a consultation, cryosurgery may be the option for you and your pet!


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