Cryotherapy Specialist

Women's Health Institute -  - OB-GYN

Women's Health Institute

OB-GYNs & Nurse Practitioners located in Peoria, IL

Dr. Larry Overcash and Erin Overcash specialize in many different state-of-the-art diagnostic and treatment methods, such as bio-identical hormones and cryotherapy. Their facility serves the greater Peoria area and many of the nearby communities.

Cryotherapy Q & A

What Is Cryotherapy?

Cryotherapy is a treatment method that is used to destroy abnormal tissue that appears on or near the cervix. It is only a superficial treatment but has been proven to be effective. The technique uses liquid carbon dioxide to freeze tissues for two to three minutes at a time. The liquid carbon dioxide is passed through a probe as it lies along the surface of the tissue. Since the probe cannot direct the cold to a specific area, some healthy tissue will be lost. Since cryotherapy offers superficial treatment, a cone biopsy may be required to address tissues that are higher up in the cervix.

What Are the Benefits?

Cryotherapy is ideal for areas of tissues that lie close to the surface. It is not invasive and causes minimal discomfort. Patients often report slight discomfort that goes away in a short amount of time. The procedure can be performed in the doctor’s office with no hospital stay. Because it is a non-invasive procedure, the recovery time is rather fast and does not require a patient to miss work or be kept from day-to-day activities. Cryotherapy does not treat cervical cancer, but it can address abnormal tissues that eventually turn into cancer if left untreated.

What Are the Potential Side Effects?

Cryotherapy has a few possible side effects, but none of those that have been reported are life-threatening. Many patients report slight discomfort for a few hours after surgery. Water may discharge from the vagina for approximately two to three weeks. Because of the sensitivity associated with the destruction of the abnormal tissue, sexual intercourse should be avoided for at least two weeks. Pads should be worn instead of tampons to reduce the risk of possible infection and hasten the healing process. One of the possible drawbacks is damage to healthy tissue in addition to the treatment of the abnormal tissue.

Major Insurance Providers Accepted

We accept several insurance plans from many different providers. If you do not see your provider listed here, please give us a call and we will let you know if you are covered.

Blue Cross
Coventry Health Care
Health Alliance PPO
Health Partner
United Healthcare