You may want to plan for someone to drive you home.
Normally, no medicines are needed for this procedure. However, pain medicines such as
(eg, Motrin, Advil),
(eg, Aleve), or
(eg, Tylenol) are usually recommended and should be taken about an hour before your appointment. Ask your doctor if this is recommended for you.
Description of Procedure
You will lie on an examination table with your feet in foot rests, as you would for a pelvic exam. A speculum is inserted into the vagina to hold it open. The cryosurgery probe is inserted into the vagina, and nitrous oxide makes the tip extremely cold. The tip is touched to abnormal areas on the cervix and held there for a few minutes. You may feel some cramping at this point. The tip is removed, allowing the tissue to return to its normal temperature over the course of 3-5 minutes. This freezing/thawing cycle may be repeated several times for each abnormal area on the cervix.
You will remain lying down for at least ten minutes after the procedure. Some women may feel dizzy and/or flushed after the procedure.
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
You will probably feel some cramping during the procedure. Some women also describe a burning sensation.
When you return home after the procedure, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Follow your doctor's
Wear a sanitary pad to absorb the watery discharge that normally occurs for several weeks following cryosurgery.
If needed, take acetaminophen or ibuprofen to treat discomfort for a day or two after the procedure.
Do not use tampons or douches. Do not have sexual intercourse for 4-6 weeks after cryosurgery.
Your doctor will schedule
in the near future.
Baths and showers are OK.
The abnormal tissue of the cervix should shed and flow out of the body in a watery vaginal discharge over 4-6 weeks. In some cases, more than one cryosurgery session may be scheduled.
Call Your Doctor
After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infection, including fever and chills
Vaginal bleeding other than light spotting, especially if it saturates more than one pad per hour
Any foul-smelling vaginal discharge
Continued pain or cramping not relieved by over-the-counter pain medicines
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a