What is cryotherapy?

Prostate cryotherapy is a minimally invasive treatment for prostate cancer which uses extremely cold temperatures to destroy tumors without incisions. The consultant will  insert needles into your prostate and pass a special gas through which freezes cancerous cells and monitors the movement of the needles with ultrasound.

What to expect from cryotherapy treatment

Prostate cryotherapy typically lasts between 90 minutes to 2 hours and can be conducted as a day case, usually without the need for an overnight stay.

You may experience mild discomfort post-procedure and will have a catheter fitted for 1 to 2 weeks in order to drain urine from your bladder.

Most patients experience a sense of relief following treatment, with potential emotional responses. Return to work is often possible within a week after catheter removal, as cryotherapy doesn’t involve extensive surgery, and resumption of active hobbies and sports is usually advised after a week or two, as per the doctor’s recommendation.

What are the benefits of cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy presents several advantages compared to alternative treatments for prostate cancer.

  •  It is a minimally invasive procedure, performed without incisions, meaning recovery time is shorter.
  • Cryotherapy is often completed in a single session or requires just one overnight stay, meaning you can return home and take up regular activities quicker than alternative treatments.
  • Side effects such as incontinence or rectal damage and irritation are lessened.

For more information on cryotherapy, download our patient brochure here.

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