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Cryosurgery, also called cryotherapy or cold cautery, is a freezing technique used to destroy abnormal tissue on the surface of the cervix.
Cryosurgery is an office procedure. You may take ibuprofen before your visit to help with minimal cramping.
A metal cone-shaped instrument that is attached to a liquid nitrogen tank is applied to the cervix at the os or opening. After 3 to 5 minutes, the tissue is frozen and white. As the cervix heals, the destroyed cells are shed and replaced by new, healthy cells.Instructions for recovery:
What to expect:
Most women have a healthy discharge, which decreases after a week and disappears in four to six weeks. This discharge can be clear and watery or sometimes yellow or pink.
A repeat Pap smear will be done after your cervix has healed, about 3 to 4 months after the cryosurgery.
Please call the Women's Health Care Center at 206-598-5500, if you have any questions.
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