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During the
procedure
After the
procedure

What to expect during the procedure

The Endocare® Cryotherapy System effectively destroys prostate cancer cells by freezing them.1

  • The procedure is usually performed as a one-time outpatient procedure under general anesthesiaGeneral anesthesia: a treatment that puts you into a deep sleep so you do not feel pain during surgery. or
    spinal anesthesiaSpinal anesthesia: a treatment that numbs specific parts of your body to block pain. The medicine is given through shots in or around the spine. [an-uhs-THEE-zhuh].
  • The doctor inserts thin, needle-like instruments called cryoprobes into the prostate gland.
  • The doctor uses ultrasound imaging to place the tips of the probes in the cancerous tissue.
  • Argon gas is sent through the probes, resulting in an extremely low temperature at the tip of the probe.
  • Lethal temperatures of less than minus 40° Celsius freeze and destroy the cancer cells that are close to the probe.
  • Temperature monitors determine that the correct temperature is reached to destroy the cancer cells.
  • A special warming catheterCatheter: a tube temporarily inserted into the bladder to drain urine into a plastic bag. The catheter prevents possible blockage due to sloughing of dead cells and allows the urethra to heal after the cryotherapy procedure. The catheter is usually removed during a follow-up office visit. [KATH-eh-ter] helps to protect the urethra from the cold temperatures reached during treatment.
Learn what to expect after the procedure

Reference

  1. 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.
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safety information

Doctors trained in cryotherapy are available in the following regions:

North America
  Canada
  Mexico

South America
  Brazil

Asia Pacific
  China/Hong Kong
  Indonesia
  Malaysia
  Taiwan
Europe & Mediterranean
  Former Yugoslavia
  Italy
  Greece
  Lebanon
  Portugal
  Russia
  Spain
  United Kingdom/Ireland

Please contact International@HealthTronics.com for more information.

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Is cryotherapy right for me?

If you have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, please answer the following questions to determine whether cryotherapy may be a treatment option for you.

1. I prefer a quick and minimally invasive treatment option that can destroy my cancer instantly.

Yes No

2. I prefer a treatment option that is designed to preserve the urethra.

Yes No

3. I want my prostate cancer treated in less time, with fewer treatments than external beam radiation, and typically with less recovery time than a radical prostatectomy.

Yes No

4. I have already had my prostate cancer treated with radiation therapy.

Yes No

Based on your answers, you may be a candidate for cryotherapy, which is an advanced, minimally invasive treatment option for prostate cancer. Talk to your urologist to see if cryotherapy is right for you.

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Based on your answers, you may be a candidate for cryotherapy, which is an advanced, minimally invasive treatment option for prostate cancer. Talk to your urologist to see if cryotherapy is right for you.

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