Cutaneous Cryosurgery is an invaluable practical guide for the management of benign, premalignant, and malignant skin lesions. The book provides practitioners with all the information needed to add cryosurgery to their surgical repertoire. For practitioners already using cryosurgery, many pearls are provided to expand the use of cryosurgery for new indications along with helpful tips for the use of cutting-edge cryosurgical equipment.
This new edition of an established reference uses an evidence-based approach, including a chapter reviewing the evidence for using cryosurgery to treat viral warts, actinic keratosis, and basal cell carcinoma. It also discusses patient consent, aftercare, side effects, and complications. In addition, the book reviews other low-temperature systems used for therapeutic tissue destruction.
With nearly 300 clinical color photographs, the book is an outstanding resource for dermatologists, family physicians, other primary care physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, podiatrists, plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, and oculoplastic surgeons alike.
Table of Contents
Introduction: History, Biology, Physics, and Cryogens
Use in Clinical Practice
Liquid Nitrogen Equipment
Equipment for Other Agents
Preparation, Consent, Documentation, and Aftercare
Evidence for Cryosurgery in Practice
Side Effects and Complications
Appendix A: Coding and Billing Pearls
Appendix B: Methods of Learning
Appendix C: Dermoscopy
Richard P. Usatine, MD, FAAFP is a professor of dermatology and cutaneous surgery, family and community medicine, and medical director of the Skin Clinic at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA.
Daniel L. Stulberg, MD, FAAFP, is a professor of family and community medicine and director of preceptorship programs at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, Albuquerque, USA.
Graham B. Colver, BM, BCh, MA, DM, MRCP, FRCP(Ed), is a consultant dermatologist at Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK.
"The book focuses on the proper techniques for applying liquid nitrogen, how to minimize damage to the unaffected surrounding skin, recommended margins of freezing, lesions amenable to freezing, and potential complications. A section discusses the results of clinical studies employing cryosurgery."
—Patricia Wong, MD, Stanford University Medical Center for Doody's Review Service
"Despite the seemingly small size of the volume, it is full of information and recommendations that even the seasoned cryosurgeon will find helpful …It can be recommended to both the dermatologist in training and in practice."
— Lawrence Charles Parish, MD, MD (Hon) in SKINmed