As with any treatment for prostate cancer, side effects may occur after cryotherapy. These side effects may include loss of urinary control, injury to the rectum, and loss of sexual function.
- Incontinence occurred in no more than 8% of patients.1
- Injury to the rectum occurred in less than 0.5% of patients.1
- Rates of impotence varied from 49% to 93% at 1 year after cryotherapy.1
Other side effects may include temporary swelling, soreness, or discomfort in or around the scrotum or penis for a few days following the procedure. Talk to your doctor about what you can do to help relieve any swelling or soreness. You should also talk to your doctor about the possibility of seeing blood in your urine and what you should do if you see it.
Be sure to speak with a qualified urologist to learn more about the benefits and risks that cryotherapy may hold for you.Answer a short questionaire to see if cryotherapy is right for you
- Babaian RJ, Donnelly B, Bahn D, et al. Best practice statement on cryosurgery for the treatment of localized prostate cancer. J Urol. 2008;180(5):1993-2004.