Jefferson University Hospitals

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy (or cold therapy) is a treatment that involves exposure to extremely cold temperatures for several minutes. Cryotherapy is used to treat prostate cancer, dermatological disorders and severe sinus issues.

How Does Cryotherapy Work?

Cryotherapy treatment allows your surgeon to precisely target the area being treated by using ultrasound to guide the placement of very thin needles to the affected area. Argon gas is used to form ice at the end of the needles and the freezing destroys the cancer cells.

In the case of sinus treatments, your provider will place a small, chilled pad on a thin stem that is inserted into your nostril and applied to a targeted spot inside the nasal cavity. This will allow your doctor to apply freezing temperatures, disrupting nerve signals that cause chronic runny or stuffy nose.