Reasons for Procedure
|Cervix with Pre-cancerous Growth|
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- Dizziness, fainting, hot flashes (during or right after the procedure)
- Cramping (during the procedure)
- Scarring or narrowing of the cervical opening
What to Expect
Prior to Procedure
Description of Procedure
How Long Will It Take?
Will It Hurt?
- Follow your doctor's instructions.
- 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. Ask your doctor when you can resume sexual relations.
- Your doctor will schedule regular pap smears in the near future.
- Baths and showers are okay.
Call Your Doctor
- 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
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Women's Health.gov http://www.womenshealth.gov
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada http://www.sogc.org
Women's Health Matters http://www.womenshealthmatters.ca
Cryosurgery of the cervix. Cleveland Clinic website. Available at: https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us. Updated November 2, 2009. Accessed December 19, 2012.
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Sankaranayanan R, Rajkumar R, et al. Effectiveness, safety and acceptability of see-and-treat with cryosurgery by nurses in a cervical screening study in India. Br J Cancer. 2007;96(5):738-743.
6/2/2011 DynaMed's Systematic Literature Surveillance https://dynamed.ebscohost.com/about/about-us: Mills E, Eyawo O, Lockhart I, Kelly S, Wu P, Ebbert JO. Smoking cessation reduces postoperative complications: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Am J Med. 2011;124(2):144-154.e8.
- Reviewer: Andrea Chisholm, MD
- Review Date: 11/2012 -
- Update Date: 11/26/2012 -