Hands-on: Fire and ice face off in surgery demo

Spraying liquid nitrogen on a sebohrreic keratosis.

Electrosurgery and cryosurgery. How does each one work? Which one would you select for common benign lesions? What is the place in oncology for either?

Find out during “Hands-on: Fire and Ice! Electrosurgery and Cryosurgery.” It offers expert faculty to share tips on two procedures that never go out of fashion — cryosurgery and electrosurgery.

The session directors, Paola Pasquali, MD, of Spain, and Arash Taheri, MD, of Winston Salem, North Carolina, will direct a friendly duel between these techniques.

A frozen cryo tweezer grasping a cutaneous horn.

Close technique is ideal for skin cancer. Here, a cryo probe is firmly applied on a basal cell carcinoma.

Using cryo tweezers and probes and measuring the depth of tumors with the help of high-frequency ultrasound are some of the less common techniques that will be taught in the workshop. A tuition fee and ticket are required for admission.

“The most commonly used method is the spraying or open technique, mostly used in benign lesions,” she said. “For exophitic lesions, previously frozen cryo tweezers can be ideal as they spare healthy tissue that surrounds a protruding benign tumor. Skin malignant tumors are preferably treated with probes.” 

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