A procedure in which an extremely cold liquid or an instrument called a cryoprobe is used to freeze and destroy abnormal tissue. A cryoprobe is cooled with substances such as liquid nitrogen, liquid nitrous oxide, or compressed argon gas. Cryoablation may be used to treat certain types of cancer and some conditions that may become cancer. Also called cryosurgery and cryotherapy.
Definition from: Cancer.govCryosurgery. An instrument with a nozzle is used to spray liquid nitrogen or liquid carbon dioxide to freeze and destroy abnormal tissue.Criocirugía. Se usa un instrumento con una boquilla para pulverizar nitrógeno líquido o dióxido de carbono líquido para congelar y destruir el tejido anormal. 2007-03-16 Date last modified: 2014-01-03Cryosurgery in Cancer Treatment: Questions and Answers