Cryoablation Specialist

Apollo Medical

Internal Medicine & Hematologists located in Hot Springs, AR & Hot Springs Village, AR

More than 600,000 people die from cancer every year, according to the National Cancer Institute. Neeraj Bharany, MD, and Katherine Hurst, MD, at Apollo Medical strive to reduce that number by delivering minimally invasive cancer treatments at their cutting-edge offices in Hot Springs and Hot Springs Village, Arkansas. Apollo Medical offers cryoablation to destroy cancerous tumors with extreme cold. This is an especially effective treatment for breast, liver, and kidney cancer. For an appointment with a board-certified oncologist, call Apollo Medical or schedule a visit online today.

Cryoablation Q & A

What is cryoablation?

Cryoablation is an innovative cancer treatment that eliminates cancer cells and malignant tumors with extreme cold. During the procedure, imaging guidance allows Dr. Bharany to use a cryoprobe — a needle that resembles a long wand — to inject argon gas or nitrogen directly into your diseased tissue. These types of gas then freeze the cancerous cells and tissues with intense cold.

Which conditions can cryoablation treat?

Oncologists use cryoablation to treat cancer and cancerous cells on top of the skin, through the skin (percutaneously), and surgically. The method Apollo Medical uses depends on the type of cancer you have. Cryoablation may be right for you if you have:

  • Skin cancer
  • Precancerous lesions
  • Retinoblastoma (cancer of the eye)
  • Skin tags
  • Breast cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Bone cancer
  • Lung cancer

Apollo Medical delivers personalized, patient-centered care. During your initial consultation, Dr. Bharany will review your medical and family history, perform a physical exam, and possibly order blood tests and imaging scans to determine if cryoablation is right for you.

What happens during cryoablation?

If you’re seeking treatment for topical skin cancer, Apollo Medical recommends taking ibuprofen before the procedure to reduce pain and inflammation. For deeper cancer treatment, avoid taking blood thinners before the procedure. It’s important to tell your doctor which medications you’re currently taking before cryoablation to avoid complications.

During cryoablation, Dr. Bharany uses X-ray imaging to guide the cryoprobe through the skin to the diseased tissue or tumor. Once he locates the site, he delivers either argon gas or liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze the diseased tissue without affecting your surrounding tissues or organs. Some tumors, such as prostate cancer, require multiple applicators to effectively treat.

For topical treatments, your provider can apply liquid nitrogen directly to your skin with a spray device or cotton swab to eliminate the cancerous or precancerous lesion.

Cryoablation typically takes 1-3 hours and rarely requires sutures. Because the procedure is minimally invasive, you should be able to resume your normal activities within 7-10 days.

To learn more about cryoablation, schedule an appointment with Apollo Medical by calling their offices or by booking a visit online today.