What is Cryotherapy?
Cryotherapy is a procedure that uses extreme cold to destroy abnormal tissue by using a ‘Cryopen’ to rapidly freeze cells. The formation of expanding ice crystals disrupts the cell wall destroying the mass.
Cryotherapy requires no anaesthesia and has less scarring than other techniques of skin lesion removal with minimal post-op care. However, if the patient is nervous or excitable or the lesion is in a particularly sensitive area then light sedation may be required.
Is Cryotherapy suitable for my pet?
If there is a small mass on your pet and you would like to check the suitability for Cryotherapy, the first step is to book a consultation with one of our vets. This is important as the vet needs to assess the size, depth and location of the mass as well as the patient’s reaction to having the mass felt. All these criteria will result in a decision as to whether Cryotherapy is appropriate OR whether a full general anaesthetic is needed with a larger area being surgically removed.
Our reception team will book you in with our nurse lead ‘Cryo-clinic’. We ask you not to feed your pet on the morning just in case sedation is required and leave them with us for the morning to have their treatment. A small patch of hair is clipped around the lesion and the Cryopen is used to freeze the area. Occasionally a repeat treatment may be necessary.
Why use Bright Side Vets?
- One of the few veterinary clinics offering Cryosurgery in the South Derbyshire area
- We use a specialist piece of equipment called a CryoPen to perform the treatment. The CryoPen allows us to treat lesions as small as 1mm up to 12mm in size
- Competitively priced package for up to 3 lesions
- Further lesions and repeat treatments charged at a reduced price
- FREE post procedure check included
- Discharge pack