Friday, January 18, 2013

Veterinary Highlights: Cryosurgery

OK, cryosurgery in veterinary medicine isn't exactly new. Dr. Goldstein talks about using cryosurgery on cancerous growths in The Nature of Animal Healing, which he wrote in 1999. We were offered a choice of laser or cryosurgery for Jasmine's trichiasis over five years ago now.

Liquid air has been used to treat skin conditions for more than 100 years.

The idea might be old, but the technology is evolving.

Cryosurgery is a virtually painless, and bloodless procedure.

The modern cryosurgery technology uses high pressure liquid nitrous oxide, delivered from a handheld device. This allows precision which was not possible with the older methods.

With high precision, a wart, skin tag, or even acancerous growth can be targeted and killed quickly, while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.

There are limitations to what can be treated with cryosurgery, but another upside is that these procedures often don't require anesthesia. The modern devices are portable and can be even use during a house call visit.

Source article:
Cryosurgery – Icy Cold Handiwork!

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