Cryotherapy is the use of freezing diseased tissue or cells inside the body to eliminate those cells so the body can grow new, healthy ones.

How to Prepare for Cryotherapy

Patients should tell their doctor if they have any allergies to medication or have had problems with anesthesia. The doctor will provide any specific instructions about dietary or activity restrictions, as well as whether or not to take one’s regular medications on the day of the procedure. Before treatment starts, the doctor will prescribe a medication that decreases stomach acid, such as Aciphex (rabeprazole), Nexium (esomeprazole), or Prilosec (omeprazole).

Recovery from Cryotherapy

After the procedure, patients are taken to a recovery area until they are awake and alert. Because of the use of a sedative, they will not be able to drive and should arrange for a ride home.