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Risk Factors for Cryotherapy

What are the risks of the procedure?

As with any procedure, complications can occur. Some possible complications may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Bleeding or blood in the urine
  • Soreness or swelling in the region where the needles are placed
  • Swelling around the penis or scrotum
  • Freezing may affect the bladder and intestines, which can lead to pain and burning sensations
  • Urge to empty the bladder and bowels more often (most men recover normal function in several weeks)  
  • Erectile dysfunction (impotence) for around 80 percent of men, which is usually permanent
  • Urinary incontinence is rare; however, this may be more common if the man has had prior radiation therapy
  • Fistula (an abnormal opening) between the rectum and bladder is also a rare complication
  • There may be other risks depending on your specific medical condition. Be sure to discuss any concerns with your physician prior to the procedure.



Locations for Cryotherapy