Treatment for piles

CRYOSURGERY

Cryotherapy, which literally means “cold therapy,” is a technique where the body is exposed to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes.

Cryo – Surgery is destroying unwanted tissues and masses using extreme cold temperature. The principle behind is “rapid freezing and slow thawing is lethal to the cells.”

This is used in many fields of surgery, in General Surgery, Neuro Surgery, ENT Surgery, Gynaecology and dermatology. It is also used in the palliative treatment of non-resectable malignant tumors.

The recent advances in the techniques, avoids complications like post operative watery discharge and has made treatment of piles or hemorrhoids simpler.

The instrument used is a Cryo-probe of specific size and shape, with an active end of 3-4 cm length. Cryo-genic gas used is liquid Nitrous oxide, gives low temperatures upto – 98 degree celcius.

The Cryo-probe is applied directly over the pile mass for few seconds, after which it is allowed to rewarm. The freeze – thaw cycle is repeated and all the masses are dealt with. Patient is observed for 2-3 hrs. and sent back home.

Post –operative course is usually uneventfull. There is no discharge unlike the older methods. Patient may complain of pain likened that of burning cold sensation which is relieved by analgesics.

Patient may pass some mucus and blood along with stools for few days till the total healing takes place for about 2-3 weeks.

Speciality of CRYOSURGERY :

  • Cryosurgery is a minimally invasive procedure.
  • Often preferred to more traditional kinds of surgery because of its minimal pain, scarring, and cost.
  • This procedure can be carried out under local anaesthesia.
  • Rapid recovery of the patient.
  • No need of daily dressing in post operative period.
  • Almost no bleeding during & after surgery.
  • No much pre & post op restrictions.
  • Interference with bowel movement or urination is minimal.





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