Cryosurgery & Electrosurgery
What is electrosurgery?
Electrosurgery is the use of electricity to generate high levels of heat which is then used to either cut or coagulate tissue. It is a safe and effective alternative to traditional surgery which usually uses scalpel and ligature techniques to achieve the same effect. Electrosurgery can be incorporated into almost any surgical procedures but is most often used in those that require access to areas with a large blood supply such as the skin.
What is cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery, also called cryotherapy, involves the use of a very cold substance (usually liquid nitrogen) to remove abnormal tissue in a cost-effective and minimally invasive manner. The affected cells will freeze and eventually form a scab that will fall off over the next few days or weeks. There are no sutures involved and there is a low risk of infection. It is usually used to remove small 'lumps and bumps' such as warts or even some types of cutaneous carcinomas. Cryosurgery usually only involves a single treatment session however more sessions may be required in the case of extensive or complicated cases.