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Cryoablation is a minimally invasive procedure used to destroy diseased tissue for certain types of cancer tumors in the prostate, liver, or cervix when surgery is not possible. Unlike other types of ablation, cryoablation uses extreme cold instead of heat to destroy cells. Expert interventional radiologists at Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center are experienced in performing this innovative procedure. 

Why Choose Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center?

Expert care from highly trained interventional radiologists. Our interventional radiologists and radiology specialists are experts in a variety of minimally invasive procedures — everything from treatments to clear blocked blood vessels to advanced cancer therapies like NanoKnife®.

Leading-edge imaging care in South Florida. Our doctors are also researchers discovering new ways to improve diagnosis and treatment. That means you can get some of today’s most promising advancements through clinical trials. You benefit from the latest developments that are fast-tracked from the lab to the bedside.

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Who is a Candidate? 

Your doctor may recommend cryoablation to treat certain types of cancer or skin problems, including:

Cryoablation may be recommended if surgery is not possible to treat your condition. Surgery may not be possible if tumors are difficult to reach, if you have multiple tumors, or the tumor is too big.

What to Expect

Your doctor may tell you not to eat or take certain medications, like aspirin or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) before your procedure. Always tell your doctor what medicines you are taking, including vitamins or herbs.

During your cryoablation procedure, you will be under sedation (asleep). Your doctor will also apply local anesthetic to numb the procedure area, so you don’t feel pain.

Once you are sedated and numbed, the physician uses imaging guidance, such as X-ray, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), or ultrasound, to locate the tissue. They then guide the needle into the diseased tissue. The cooling agent, such as liquid nitrogen or argon gas, is released into the needle, and then freezes and destroys the cells. Your doctor may need to repeat this process a few times to destroy all the tissue. Your procedure may last between 30 minutes and a few hours depending on how many areas need treated.

Once the diseased tissue is destroyed, your doctor removes the needles and places a bandage on the area. You should be able to go home within a few hours of your procedure and resume normal activities within a few days.


Accepted Insurances

Note: Health plans that are currently contracted with UHealth are listed below. However, please check with your insurance provider to verify that UHealth is part of your provider network.