What is cryoablation?
Cryoablation, or targeted cryoablation therapy, is a minimally invasive treatment that uses extreme cold to freeze and destroy diseased tissue, including targeted cancer cells.
Using image guidance and through a small incision in the skin, cryoablation is delivered directly into the tumor by a probe that is inserted through the skin. Cryoablation uses an extremely cold gas to freeze the tumor to kill it. The ice ball that is created around the needle grows in size and destroys the frozen tumor cells.
Why would you need cryoablation?
The interventional radiologists at RIA Endovascular use cryotherapy to treat:
- Renal (kidney) tumors
- Pulmonary (lung) and thoracic (chest) tumors
- Hepatic (liver) tumors
- Palliative intervention – osteolytic (bone) pain
- Liver, cervical cancers, especially if surgical resection is not possible
Our ability to use imaging guidance and cutting-edge technology minimizes patient risk. Prior to your procedure, your physician will discuss any potential risks with you.
Conditions to let us know about
Let your doctor know if you currently are pregnant or breast feeding, feeling ill, have a fever, or are taking any blood thinners.
Cryoablation is covered by most private insurance providers as well as Medicare. We will seek authorization from your insurance company prior to your procedure.
Preparing for your procedure
If you are on blood thinners your doctor will instruct you if you need to stop these medications prior to the procedure. Your procedure requires general anesthesia and you will need a responsible adult to give you a ride home.
Recovering from your procedure
You will receive general anesthesia during your procedure. You will stay in the recovery area until you are ready for discharge. You will be given written post procedure discharge instructions that will advise you about return to normal physical activity. If you have any questions after your procedure, please call the RIA Interventional Suite at 720-493-3406.