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Cryosurgery and its equipment
Cryosurgery and its equipment

Cryosurgery is an extreme cold therapy treatment to remove abnormal or diseased tissue. Most medical professionals prefer to treat patients with cryosurgery because its a minimal invasive procedure that causes very little pain or scarring. The procedure is not nearly as expensive as traditional surgery. This type of medical procedure has been used to treat an assortment of diseases and disorders, mainly for a variety of benign and malignant skin conditions, such as warts, moles, and small skin cancers. Cryosurgery has also been used to treat liver and prostate cancers, as well as a remedy for hemorrhoids. This procedure has become particularly useful in ophthalmology, where it is used to reconnect detached retinas and to correct other eye problems, such as the removal of cataracts. 

According to, the Wallach LL100 cryosurgical system has become the latest in cryosurgical technology. The liquid nitrogen circulates through the instrument probe and cools it to temperatures as low as -196C (-321F). This medical device has a two trigger control, which allows the doctor to accurately manage freeze and defrost. The freeze and defrost controls are only activated when triggered. According to the medical manufacturer, the device has twice the freeze power than the other cryosurgical devices. The light weight and maneuverable apparatus provides a full view of the target tissue. The flexible gas hose allows for unobstructed surgical movement. The cryotips used on the device can be changed at anytime during the procedure. New shields are to be used with each procedure. The shields act as insulators to prevent the tip from adhering to tissue in unwanted areas. The manufacturer has produced a great variety of reusable, sterilizable cryotips and disposable plastic shields. 

There are risks that come with any type of medical procedure. A patient who undergoes cryosurgery may experience minor to moderate localized pain and redness, which may be relieved by over the counter medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Blisters may possibly form, but go away within several days. There is also a very rare chance that the procedure may cause damage to surrounding healthy tissue, and the underlying nerve tissue.

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