Skin Cryosurgery

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:

Skin cryosurgery, or cryotherapy, is a procedure to treat a skin lesion by freezing it. A skin lesion is a growth on your skin. Cryosurgery uses a cold substance, usually liquid nitrogen, to kill the lesion without damaging nearby healthy skin. You may need cryosurgery more than once.

INSTRUCTIONS:

Medicines:

  • Antibiotic ointment: This helps fight or prevent an infection.

  • Steroid cream: This will help decrease redness, pain, and swelling.

  • Take your medicine as directed. Call your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Follow up with your primary healthcare provider as directed:

You may need to return to have your skin checked. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Wound care:

Carefully wash the wound with soap and water. If your wound has loose crusts, dampen a piece of gauze with hydrogen peroxide and gently remove them. Dry the area and put on new, clean bandages as directed. Change your bandages when they get wet or dirty.

Contact your primary healthcare provider if:

  • You have a fever.

  • Your pain gets worse or does not go away, even after treatment.

  • You see new lesions on your skin.

  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • Your wound is draining yellow or green fluid.

  • Blood soaks through your bandage.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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