Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy uses lethal freezing to destroy prostate cancer without the risk of major surgery or radiation.

 

While the patient is sleeping, tiny needles are inserted into the prostate under ultrasound guidance.  A warming catheter protects the urethra from freezing while thermal sensors track temperature protecting vital organs and nerves.  

 

High pressure argon gas is circulated through the tiny needles freezing the prostate to minus 40°C.  Helium gas replaces the argon to rapidly heat the tissue causing cancer cells to rupture. The dead tissue is reabsorbed through the bodies immune system until it is completely gone.

 

The out-patient procedure takes about 2 hours and patients go home the same day. You can resume normal activities in about 24 hours.

 

Cryotherapy is Medicare approved and covered by all major insurances.  For patients without insurance or high deductibles, we offer cash pricing of $6000.

 

 

There is little to no pain after treatment.  Recovery is usually in the first 72 hours.  

Cryotherapy offers:

  • Minimally invasive, out-patient procedure

  • 95% success rate

  • Short recovery

  • No Blood loss

  • Can be performed while patient is on blood thinners

  • Effective for high risk cancers, hormone resistant cancer, and patients with rising PSA after radiation

  • Can treat areas around prostate that can't be removed surgically

  • Only treatment option that can be repeated

  • Lower cost than surgery or radiation 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING THE PROCEDURE
  • Performed as out-patient procedure under general anesthesia.

  • Cryotherapy needles are inserted into the prostate under ultrasound guidance.

  • Argon gas is sent to the the cryo needles resulting in lethal temperatures of minus 40°C killing the cancer cells.

  • Temperature monitor is used to track temperature in and around the prostate.

  • A warming catheter is used to protect the urethra during the procedure.

CRYOTHERAPY BENEFITS
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WHAT TO EXPECT AFTER THE PROCEDURE
  • Patients are allowed to leave when stable.

  • Patients are sent home with a catheter to help drain the bladder during recovery. The catheter is removed 2-5 days post-op. You do not need to use a urine bag.

  • Most Patients resume work in 24-48 hours.

 

After surgery, we will monitor your PSA every 3 months for the first year and every 6 months there after.  PSA blood test can be performed locally by your primary physician.  

SIDE EFFECTS

As with any treatment for prostate cancer, side effects may occur after cryotherapy. These side effects may include loss of urinary control, injury to the rectum, and loss of sexual function.

  • Urinary Incontinence occurs in less than 1% of patients

  • Rectal injury is less than .05% of patients

  • Transient (temporary) impotence occurs in over 50% of patients when treating the entire prostate. Return of sexual function normally occurs 6-18 months after surgery.  Patient's undergoing focal or partial ablation see fuction return much quicker.  

  • Other side effects may include temporary swelling, painless scrotal swelling around the penis, and perineal discomfort.  

What is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy ("cryosurgery" or "cryoablation") is a minimally invasive procedure that involves cooling the tip of an ultra-thin needle to extremely low temperatures using compressed argon gas. This forms a lethal iceball, which engulfs the targeted tissue & destroys cancer cells. There have been over 200,000 procedures performed world wide.

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