Controlled destruction of tissue by super-freezing has been effective in relieving benign and malignant prostatic obstructions, members of the American Urological Association were told at their annual meeting.
Ward A. Soanes, MD, said cryosurgical destruction of prostactic tissue is a further application of pioneer work—primarily in brain surgery—done by others with extreme-cold techniques.
Dr. Soanes said that he and his partner, Maurice J. Gonder, MD, have used the technique on more than 150 patients to date with "no mortality and minimal morbidity."
Both physicians are in Kenmore, NY, and are associated with the Millard Fillmore and Veterans Administration hospitals in nearby Buffalo and St. Barnabas Medical Center, Livingston, NJ.
A specifically-designed, vacuum-insulated probe (Linde Division of Union Carbide) is used to apply extreme cold internally to the prostate gland, Dr. Soanes said.
He outlined this technique: