Being diagnosed with a benign breast tumor is often a source of anxiety for patients. It is important to understand that there is now a minimally-invasive option available to you. Cryoablation is a highly effective treatment of breast tumors and has been practiced by physicians for the past 15 years.

Common symptoms of breast tumor may include:

  • Anxiety
  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Tenderness
  • Tightness/Tension

While these symptoms are typical, the degree of severity is subjective and personal. You should discuss this and other signs and symptoms with your physician.

In evaluating your individual situation, your physician will provide treatment options with the Visica Cryoablation Procedure as one of them.

Why Choose Cryoablation Over Lumpectomy?

If you choose cryoablation, your physician will use the FDA cleared Visica 2 Treatment System. Over 4,000 of these procedures have been performed successfully in physician's offices.

By choosing cryoablation, you avoid general surgery performed in an operating room. You also avoid reconstructive surgery and several days of recovery.

Patients treated with this procedure have expressed their satisfaction by reporting minimal pain, no tissue deficit, and excellent cosmetic results.

The Cryoablation Procedure:

The procedure starts with a thin probe being inserted into the tumor through a small incision site in the breast (about 3mm).

Once the probe is in place, it undergoes a freeze-thaw-freeze cycle, dropping the temperature of the tumor and killing the targeted tissue. This prohibits any future growth and allows the resolution process to begin.

1. The ICE probe is placed percutaneously through a small incision site in the breast (about 3mm)

2. The tumor is surrounded in an ice ball. The extreme cold kills the tumor tissue.

3. The probe is removed and a bandage is applied. Tissue naturally resolves over time.

Immediately after the procedure, you may experience swelling due to your body's natural inflammatory response. Some bruising may occur, but will disappear over time.

The tumor will generally be detectable (or palpable) after treatment for 3-18 months, depending upon the size of the original lesion. Over time, it will reduce in size and your body will absorb the ablated tissue, replacing it with healthy tissue.

Resolution time will vary with each patient and is dependent on many physiological factors. Always refer to your physician for your individual expected outcomes.

Benefits of Cryoablation

  • Excellent cosmetic results
  • Minimally invasive
  • Local anesthesia
  • In-office procedure
  • No tissue deficit
  • Short recovery time

To speak with a physician about the Cryoablation procedure at Lakeview Hospital, please call (801) 299-2141