AUS also offers cryoablation for prostate cancer.  Cryoablation is an outpatient, minimally invasive procedure where several small needle probes are placed into the prostate under anesthesia using ultrasound guidance and the prostate is frozen.  The needles are placed in the perineum (area between the scrotum and anus) so there are no incisions whatsoever.  The process of freezing then thawing the prostate causes the prostate cancer cells to rupture and be destroyed.

Cryoablation typically takes about an hour and patients go home the same day and there are no incisions and very little down time.  AUS currently has three physicians who are very experienced with cryoablation.

Dr. Aaron Berger, Board-Certified Urologist at AUS.
Aaron Berger, M.D.
Dr. John DeFranco, Board-Certified Urologist at AUS.
John DeFranco, M.D.
Dr. Raj V. Patel, Board-Certified Urologist at AUS.
Raj V. Patel, M.D.

Salvage Cryoablation


The most common indication for cryoablation is when prostate cancer grows back after prior radiation therapy and there are no signs of cancer outside the prostate.  If the PSA has been low and stable after prior definitive radiation treatment but then starts to rise, your doctor will check some imaging with CT scan, bone scan, and possible a PET scan to determine if the cancer is only growing back in the prostate or if it has spread to other areas of the body.  If it is only in the prostate, cryoablation can be an excellent option to salvage a cure of the cancer and avoid systemic therapy.


Primary Cryoablation


In certain situations, cryoablation may be used for primary treatment of prostate cancer instead of daVinci Prostatectomy or Radiation Therapy.  This is often when patients are older or have other medical issues where the other definitive treatment options may not be possible.

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