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Cryosurgery is a treatment by which freezing temperatures are applied by cold liquid application or by instrument for the destruction of abnormal or diseased tissue. This requires no injected anesthesia, and no bleeding occurs. According to Wikipedia, the term comes cryosurgery from the Greek words cryo and surgery meaning “hand work” or “handiwork”.
Liquid nitrogen or compressed argon gas is used during this treatment. Since cryosurgery is a local treatment and providers can focus on a precise area, damage to nearby healthy tissue can be decreased. Cryosurgery may also be called cryotherapy or cryoablation. Cryosurgery is used to treat conditions such as actinic keratoses, skin cancers including basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, and retinoblastoma to name a few.