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Cryosurgery for benign cervicitis with follow-up of six and a half years

  • Robert J. Collins
    Correspondence
    Reprint requests: Dr. R. J. Collins, Dept. Ob./Gyn., 4536 Main St., Snyder, New York, 14226
    Affiliations
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

    Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, New York, USA
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  • Harry J. Pappas
    Affiliations
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA

    Millard Fillmore Hospital, Buffalo, New York, USA
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      Abstract

      In 1965, one of the authors pioneered in a successful treatment of benign uterine cervicitis by cryosurgery. The first 5 year experience with this method is comprised of 526 patients, analyzed in this report, with 5 year follow-ups and over 81 patients (6½years on 38 of these), and 16 months up to 5 years on 426. Among the latest patients in the series, 135 were treated without the use of any anesthetic. The intracavitary method, with probe adapters, is deemed necessary by the authors for optimal end results in treating cervical disease, and a low-temperature freeze is mandatory for large or extensive lesions. The pregnancy rate following cryosurgery was at least 31 per cent. A variety of concomitant operations can be performed; bleeding is minimal by this method, the recurrence rate is very low (1.9 per cent), the complications are few, and healing is much faster than with more conventional methods (92 per cent were healed within 8 weeks).
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