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Cervical Cryosurgery
What is it? Overview Usage Side Effects and Warnings

What is Cervical Cryosurgery?

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

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

Cervix with Pre-cancerous Growth
Cervix with Pre-cancerous Growth
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Possible Complications

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

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

There are factors that may put you at risk for complications during this procedure:

  • Undiagnosed infection
  • Bleeding disorder
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity

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,...