Midway Animal Hospital is excited to be on the list of veterinarian offices offering pet cryosurgery in Alpharetta, GA. This simple and non-invasive procedure is now available to help our doctors remove abnormal tissues from your pets skin without having to put them under anesthesia. Cryosurgery targets unwanted tissue with intense cold to wipe out the problem with very little discomfort to your four-legged friend.
What is cryosurgery?
Basically, cryosurgery is a procedure that uses extreme cold to destroy or remove abnormal or diseased tissue by freezing it. Much like a human dermatologist might use a freezing technique to remove a wart, our team can target unwanted tissue on your pet to remove skin masses, warts, skin tags, eyelid masses and other abnormalities on your pet’s skin.
The process targets specific tissues for removal while numbing the surrounding area to limit the discomfort your pet may feel. Since the body’s cells are mostly made up of water, freezing them causes the liquid inside to freeze. When ice crystals form inside the cells, they will rupture, thus destroying them from the inside out. This intense freezing is usually done with a liquid nitrogen.
The best part? This type of surgery doesn’t usually require any cutting of tissue so your pet can remain awake and comfortable throughout the process.
What can I expect from the procedure?
The procedure takes 1-2 minutes per mass and does not require anesthesia. Not only that, the entire process will take place right in our office during a regular visit. By providing in house options you don’t need a referral to a surgical center, and you can be confident that you will be receiving the most modern techniques and equipment available to care for your furry family members.
Other things to note about cryosurgery for your pet:
- It will be a same-day, outpatient procedure
- Typically, there is no anesthetic required so you can rest assured your pet will take well to the procedure, regardless of his age
- Discomfort is minimal and short-lived, once the procedure is over your pet should immediately begin to feel more comfortable
- Recovery and aftercare is simple and requires just basic cleaning of the treated area
- Healing does not usually require any stitches
- Most issues can be taken care of within a single treatment
Is my pet a candidate to receive cryosurgery?
Cryosurgery is often used to treat tumors or masses which are difficult to remove using conventional methods or which would not heal easily. (Like in your pet’s mouth or nasal cavity). Other reasons to consider cryosurgery for your pet would include your pet’s age. If you have an elderly pet for whom general anesthesia is not ideal, this procedure could be the perfect solution for removal of masses or patches which are bothersome to your pet. Areas which bleed during grooming, or which your animal is often licking, biting, or scratching could be considered for removal in this way.
Remember, here at Midway, our team is dedicated to caring for your pets as though they were our own. We are passionate about preventative care in order for your pets to live a long and happy life. Uncomfortable skin lesions or masses do not need to be ignored, cryotherapy or cryosurgery is just the solution you were looking for to ease your pet’s chronic discomfort.
If you feel your pet could benefit from cryosurgery, please call Midway Animal Hospital to schedule a consultation to have your dog evaluated for candidacy. Or, contact us with any questions you have about cryosurgery in Alpharetta, GA. We can’t wait to discuss how cryosurgery could benefit your furriest family members.