Cryogenic Surgery

  • John Hankinson
Part of the The International Cryogenics Monograph Series book series (INCMS)


The application of cold has been employed from time immemorial to relieve the discomfort of inflammation and injury but it is a description of the more specific uses of temperatures at, or well below, freezing point that will be discussed in this chapter. Cryosurgery can be considered under the following headings:
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    Cold as a physical tool in the surgical handling of tissues;

  2. 2.

    Neurological inhibition and tissue destruction;

  3. 3.

    Cold as a specific treatment in neoplastic disease.



Retinal Detachment Neoplastic Disease Cataract Extraction Cryogenic Treatment Stereotaxic Surgery 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John Hankinson
    • 1
  1. 1.Royal Victoria Infirmary Newcastle General Hospital and the University of Newcastle-upon-TyneNewcastle-upon-TyneEngland

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