Pains & Tumors Aren’t Friends, Percutaneous Radio Frequency Ablation A Helpful Solution
Tumors and lumps on the body are not what anyone will like to have around. They not only disfigure the body part but are sometimes associated with severe pains. There are non-surgical and effective ways to deal with this kind of health conditions. Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation is one of such techniques. Percutaneous, meaning through the skin and ablation meaning tissue destruction, uses radio waves to destroy affected tissues in the body of the patient to get the needed relief. You don’t need going through open surgery all the time to treat tumors when you can get treatment through Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation treatment.
Percutaneous Radio Frequency Ablation Equipment
The Radio-frequency equipment generates electric currents in a range that is equal to radio-frequency waves. Insulated wires are used to link the electrode needles to the grounding pads that is put on the patient’s body part.
Two Types of Radio Frequency Needle Electrodes Exist:
- Simple straight needles
- A straight, hollow needle with many retractable electrodes
Benefits of Radio-Frequency Ablation:
- It is not as expensive as other treatment options
- A percutaneous technique is a minimally invasive method with few complications.
- Ablation is a quick and reliable procedure with fast recovery time.
- Discomfort is not as severe as you have in open surgery
- It doesn’t require any surgical incision on the body
How Percutaneous Radio Frequency Ablation works?
Radio-frequency Ablation is a type of treatment that makes use of image guidance to direct a needle at the affected part of the skin into a tumor. Heat is the potent treatment material of this procedure. The high-frequency electrical currents pass through the electrode in the needle, resulting in heat in a small region of the needle. Using a scan or ultrasound guidance, the radiologist puts a probe directly into the tumor, the radio waves result in heat in the tissue which helps to destroy the tissue, killing the cells in the small area around the probe.
Who Can Go for Percutaneous Radio Frequency Ablation Treatment?
Patients who have difficulty going through surgery will find this method a good option for their treatment. It is also a good option for patients whose tumors are less than one and a half inches in diameter. Patients who have existing medical conditions that make treatment with surgery risky will also find this technique a good choice. When it becomes difficult for a tumor to be reached by surgery, Per-cutaneous radio-frequency is a good recommendation. You need not
worry about coming for this technique because the success rate is high. There is a high success rate of using this method to treat small liver cancer cells. It is put at about 85% success rate.
Every Treatment is Specific To Individuals:
Every Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation is unique. Our specialist takes all cases and treats based on an individual’s problems. The location, size and type and history of any radiotherapy treatment are taken into account. Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation can be carried out on patients with cancers that have spread to the bones leading to pains. Lungs and as well kidney tumors are others that can receive treatment using this less invasive technique.
Before the Procedure
Before the commencement of the process, our specialist will require you have current blood work (EKG) and carry out a chest X-ray. You may be advised to stop taking aspirin and non- steroid anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). You will be sedated using anesthetics ehen the procedure is to begin.
After the Treatment
There is no much effect to worry about after the treatment. The side effects after the treatment are most times from the anesthesia and not the procedure itself. Some patients usually come up with flu-like symptoms accompanied by mild fever and muscle pains. You may expect to have such symptoms lasting about three to five days after a liver tumor treatment.
Strains on the shoulder and some discomfort at the treated site may also come up. Medication
using pain relievers helps to take care of this effectively.
There are no much severe complications after Percutaneous Radiofrequency Ablation. Little chance of infection can be the case at the point of insertion. Our specialists administer antibiotics in this area to protect our patients. The risk of lung collapse can also be another especially when the tumor to be treated is in this area or the liver.