Tumors in the liver, kidney, bone, soft tissue and other locations
Percutaneous ablation allows minimally invasive destruction of tumors without the need for open surgery.
An interventional radiologist uses ultrasound, CT, or both to guide specialized needles into the tumor. The needles use heat (microwave or radiofrequency ablation), cold (cryoablation), or rapid-pulsed electricity (irreversible electroporation) to kill the tumor without requiring open surgery.
Conscious sedation or general anesthesia
Bleeding, infection, damage to surrounding structures, organ damage, rare tumor seeding
After ablation, patients proceed to the post-anesthesia care unit for recovery. A post-procedure imaging scan may be performed to determine the effect of the ablation. Most patients are discharged home the same day. Antibiotics and/or pain medications may be prescribed to prevent pain or infection after the procedure.
A follow-up CT or MRI is usually performed 1 month after treatment along with clinic visit in interventional radiology to determine the results and allow for further treatment planning.
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