Cervical Cryosurgery

The cervix is the lower portion of the uterus (womb) that is located at the top of the vagina. Cervical cryosurgery is the use of extreme cold to freeze areas of the cervix.

  • Call Your Doctor

    After arriving home, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:

    • Signs of infection, including fever and chills
    • Abdominal pain
    • Vaginal bleeding other than light spotting, especially if it soaks more than one pad per hour
    • Any foul-smelling vaginal discharge
    • Continued pain or cramping not relieved by over-the-counter pain medicines

    In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.

  • Definition

    The cervix is the lower portion of the uterus (womb) that is located at the top of the vagina. Cervical cryosurgery is the use of extreme cold to freeze areas of the cervix.

  • What to Expect

  • Reasons for Procedure

    This procedure is done to destroy and remove abnormal cells of the cervix, particularly precancerous cells.

    Cervix with Pre-cancerous Growth
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  • Possible Complications

    Complications are rare. However, no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have this procedure, your doctor will review a list of possible complications. These may include:

    • Dizziness, fainting, hot flashes (during or right after the procedure)
    • Cramping (during the procedure)
    • Bleeding
    • Infection
    • Scarring or narrowing of the cervical opening

    Factors that may put you at risk for complications during this procedure include:

    • Smoking
    • Undiagnosed infection
    • Bleeding disorder
    • Diabetes
    • Obesity