If you have genital warts or other abnormal tissues that need to be removed, the experts at Marina OB/GYN in Marina Del Rey, Hawthorne, South Gate, Long Beach, Torrance/ Gardena, Carson & East Los Angeles, CA, can help. Experienced practitioners offer cutting-edge cryotherapy to remove abnormal cells or lesions on your cervix, labia, or vagina. To learn more about cryotherapy and find out if it’s right for you, call the Marina OB/GYN office or use the online scheduler today.

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What is cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy uses freezing temperatures to destroy abnormal tissues and reduce the risk of possible complications, such as worsening infections. A common reason for using cryotherapy at Marina OB/GYN is to remove genital warts caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV), a sexually transmitted disease (STD).  The procedure is also used to destroy precancerous cells and tissues on your cervix (often found during routine pap smears) to reduce the risk of developing cancer with women who have an abnormal pap smear. We understand the sensitive nature of STD’s and encourage our patient’s to discuss their conditions in an open comfortable setting and attitude.  We are here to help you understand, discuss, and treat your sexual dysfuctions and sexually transmitted infections in a compassionate, very private, and understanding setting.

The procedure also destroys precancerous tissues on your cervix to reduce the risk of developing cancer.

What are the benefits of cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy at Marina OB/GYN uses advanced freezing technology to safely remove abnormal growths without pain, surgery, or downtime. The procedure treats various gynecological conditions in addition to removing genital warts. Cryotherapy is a quick treatment with minimal side effects. It’s an outpatient procedure with no hospital stay needed.

Is cryotherapy right for me?

Your specialist reviews your symptoms and medical history to find out if you’re a candidate for cryotherapy at Marina OB/GYN. They check your vital signs, complete a physical exam that includes a pelvic exam, and may complete a Pap test to screen for signs of cervical cancer.

What should I expect during the procedure?

During cryotherapy at Marina OB/GYN, your provider uses freezing temperatures to destroy abnormal tissues or lesions. Each treatment is fast and virtually painless, though you may feel numbing sensations, but there’s no downtime afterward. You might also feel slight burning as numbed tissues begin to thaw.

Ask your provider if you can take over-the-counter pain medicine before or after the procedure to reduce discomfort.

What happens after cryotherapy treatment?

After cryotherapy at Marina OB/GYN, you can resume most normal activities immediately. Genital warts treated using this method eventually shrivel up and fall off. Healing may take 7-14 days, but every patient is different. You may also experience watery discharge after cryotherapy that removes abnormal cervical cells.

Your specialist may ask you to abstain from sexual intercourse until genital warts disappear entirely. They follow up with you to ensure your treatment was effective and may suggest a Pap test six months after cryotherapy to ensure the procedure destroyed all pre-cancerous tissues

To learn more about cryotherapy at Marina OB/GYN, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.