Cryosurgery is a new treatment technique to treat patients with kidney and prostate cancers.

The procedure uses extreme cold to destroy abnormal or diseased tissue. It allows the physicians to target very small areas with little blood loss and fewer complications.

As Dr. Oliver shares, “It is a minimally invasive treatment option for patients with kidney or prostate cancers in which we here at Urology Group of Athens work in tandem with interventional radiologists.”

Dr. Blankenship continues to note, “We are destroying disease tissues with the newest cryosurgical technique in which we inject the prostate with ultra-thin probes cooled by argon gas. The procedure can be done on an outpatient basis and can be performed without an incision, resulting in minimal side effects or blood loss.”

Many times, the patient is only under either general or epidural anesthesia and experiences no pain. Following the procedure, patients wait in the recovery room until the anesthesia wears off and then, in many cases, they can go home. A catheter may be used for about a week following the treatment.