Advancing Lung Cancer Care
Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Southwest Fort Worth now offers a unique, minimally invasive procedure for the treatment of lung tumors.
Known as the CryoProbeTM, this newly added technology allows pulmonologists to remove tumors, blood clots, or foreign objects from the lungs quickly and with little discomfort. Performed on an outpatient basis, the CryoProbe procedure uses liquid nitrogen or argon gas to freeze and removes endobronchial — or lung airway — tumors. Patients undergoing the procedure are placed under conscious sedation and generally return to normal activities the same day.
The CryoProbe process removes lung tumors easily without bleeding or burning, allowing large tissue size removal. By removing these growths, pathologists can then make more precise diagnoses.
"Using the CryoProbe technology, tumors are removed on an almost microscopic level," says Tammy Baergan, RN, director of Perioperative Services at Texas Health Southwest. "The level of precision available with this system leads to faster, more efficient treatment."
Reaping the Benefits
For patients of Texas Health Southwest, cryo therapy offers another option for the removal of lung tumors and airway masses with less risk of complications found with other procedures. As the only hospital offering the technology in the area, patients can receive this advanced treatment here, close to home.