Patients diagnosed with a fibroadenoma (a benign breast tumor) now have the option to choose cryoablation as treatment, which is both highly effective and minimally invasive. Many women choose cryoablation over surgical excision due to the fact that it’s an in-office procedure with a shorter recovery time.
How does cryoablation of fibroadenomas work?
Cryoablation is a minimally invasive, in-office procedure that takes about 10-20 minutes and requires only local anesthesia. It is very similar to a breast biopsy. Ultrasound is used to direct the cryoprobe, which resembles a thin needle, to the location of the fibroadenoma. The tip of the probe gets extremely cold creating an ice that surrounds the tumor and destroys it. The body then absorbs the damaged tissue over time, replacing it with healthy tissue.
Step-by-Step Procedure with Video
What are the benefits of cryoablation compared to surgery?
• Cryoablation is quick and is an in-office procedure
• Cryoablation requires minimal recovery and downtime
• Cryoablation uses local anesthesia as oppose to general anesthesia
• Cryoablation uses a tiny 3mm incision and is less likely to create scarring or affect the cosmetic appearance of the breast
Who is cryoablation appropriate for?
• Painful, uncomfortable, or symptomatic fibroadenomas
• Growing fibroadenomas
• A women with a fibroadenoma who would like it removed due to personal preference
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