is cryoablation therapy?
Cryoablation is a process of
using cold therapy to treat a benign tumor. The
process begins after your biopsy when your surgeon
has determined that the lump in your breast is
benign (noncancerous) by a tissue diagnosis. This
procedure is used most commonly with fibroadenomas.
Previously, fibroadenomas required surgery for
removal. Cryoablation is a less invasive way to
Where can the procedure be done?
The procedure can be done as
an outpatient in the office of a trained physician.
How is the procedure done?
The procedure is done by first
numbing your breast with some local anesthesia.
Your surgeon will then make a very tiny incision
to insert the probe into the lump. Ultrasound
will be used to locate the lump and visualize
the exact placement of the probe. Ultrasound will
help guide your surgeon throughout the entire
What happens to the fibroadenoma
after the freezing is completed?
The tissue that is destroyed
by freezing is reabsorbed into your body over
time. Depending on the size of the lump, it can
take from approximately 6 months to 1 year.
Is the treatment painful?
Most women who have had this
procedure have a minimal amount of discomfort.
There is a small amount of stinging when the local
anesthesia is given. The area may have minimal
discomfort when the actual freezing is done. But
due to the natural anesthetic properties of the
cold temperature, very little pain is felt during
the cryoablation procedure. The treated area may
feel tender to the touch for up to several days
following the procedure.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure is done in the
physician’s office and usually takes 30
to 60 minutes to complete.
Will I have scarring?
Since no tissue is removed from
the breast, no stitches are necessary. Some bruising
and swelling may occur at the site, but will go
away within a few weeks. There should be no visible
scarring, though sometimes a small mark is visible
where the probe has been inserted.
Will I need a ride home after
Since the procedure requires
only local anesthesia, you should not have to
arrange for a ride home. If your physician prescribes
you a sedative, then you will be required to have
someone to drive you to and from your appointment.
What kind of follow-up is required
We will ask you to come back
in one month to check the treated area. After
that, we will have you come back at three months,
six months, and one year for repeat evaluation.
We will follow the cryoablation site by using
ultrasound and examination to determine the fibroadenoma
has regressed or resolved. Usually this process
takes six months to one year, depending on the
size of the fibroadenoma.
For more information or questions
regarding the procedure call 847-797-9000.