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What is a Radiofrequency ablation?
Radiofrequency ablation is a minimally invasive procedure that uses electrical energy and heat to destroy cancer cells. Radiofrequency ablation is an important treatment option usually considered only if you’re not eligible for surgery for some reasons such as your overall condition or the presence of many small tumors in an organ. Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) can be given through the skin, with an endoscope, by laparoscopy or during surgery. The doctor will choose the best method based on the size, number and location of the tumors.
How is a Radiofrequency Ablation Done?
RFA can be done under general anesthesia and It can also be done using a local anesthesia to the area or under sedation. An interventional radiologist uses specialized needles into the tumor under the guidance of ultrasound, CT or both.
Who is a Candidate for Radiofrequency Ablation?
In order to decide if you are a good candidate for RFA, you may need to have a CT or MRI. If the tumor is too large or there are too many tumors, that means that RFA may not work well for you. In the case of liver RFA, you will need a blood test to check your liver functions.
There are various kinds of tumor types which can be treated with Radiofrequency ablation: Liver cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, prostate cancer, liver metastases, bone metastases and pre-cancerous cells associated with Barrett’s esophagus
What are the Risks of Radiofrequency Ablation?
Any treatment can show some side effects but everyone’s experience is different. After the following a few days of RFA, you may feel pain or discomfort, fever, blood in the urine after RFA to the kidney, in some rare cases an infection can also be observed after RFA.
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Radiofrequency Ablation Recovery and Aftercare
Most people stay in the hospital can be discharged one night after RF or it can be done as an outpatient procedure which means you can go home the same day. You should be able to return your normal activities in a few days.
In most cases, a CT scan or an MRI are required a few weeks after to follow-up if the tumors have shrunk in size. For some people, CT scan or an MRI may be needed once in every 3 to 4 months to check with the cancer.
Fast Facts About Radiofrequency Ablation
|Procedure:||Uses heat to destroy tumors without hospitalization and with few side effects.|
|Anesthesia:||General Anesthesia, sedation or local anesthesia|
|Recovery:||Discharge on the same day|
|Duration:||Less than 30 minutes|
|Work:||Back to work after 24 to 72 hours|
|Pain:||Depending on the person, slight pain for the following 2-3 days|
|Exercise:||After 1-2 days|
|Complications:||Damage risk to the adjacent tissues|
|Side Effects:||Feeling sick for the following 5-14 days|
Radiofrequency Ablation FAQ
Is Radiofrequency Ablation painful?
Radiofrequency ablation is generally well-tolerated, and does not typically cause any serious pain after the treatment. There is a very low risk of bleeding or infection after the treatment as well as a low risk of injury to the gallbladder or bile ducts.
How long is the treatment period for Radiofrequency Ablation?
Patient quickly recover from this procedure. You may feel some discomfort at the insertion area for some time. It is normal to feel some fatigue, muscle pain and even slight fever for the following a couple of days.
What should I expect coming to the hospital?
Depending on your overall situation and health condition, you will be admitted to the hospital, either one day before the procedure or on the same day. Most of the time, ablation is performed under general anesthesia. But for some cases it can also be performed under conscious sedation or light sleep. After the procedure, you will go to an anesthesia recovery room to be waken up and then you will be taken to your hospital room. You will be under observation in your room.
For how many days should I stay in the hospital?
Most patients will remain in the hospital for 24 or 48 hours following the procedure.
Am I a good candidate for tumor ablation?
In most instances this treatment is more suitable for patients with four or fewer tumors and tumor sizes should be less than two and one half inches in diameter. Being mostly liver, several types of cancer can be treated with tumor ablation including liver, kidney, and lung cancer. Oncologist, surgical oncologist and interventional radiologist consult to each other before deciding what is more suitable for the patient.
Who will interpret my results?
Your results will be reviewed with a CT or MR scan one month after the ablation. Success of the treatment will be evaluated according to whether the tumor is destroyed or shrink in size.
If the operation is unsuccessful, can I have another session of RFA?
Sometimes tumors adjacent to flowing blood prevents sufficient temperatures to be generated required to destroy the entire tumor. If the first application fails to destroy all of the tumor, the procedure may be repeated. Since the procedure destroys very little normal liver, it is safe to repeat the procedure until the desired result is obtained.
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