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What is Radiofrequency Ablation?

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Radiofrequency ablation (RFA) is another treatment option for liver tumors. RFA may be performed alone or in combination with surgery or hepatic chemoembolization.

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How does Radiofrequency Ablation work?

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Radiofrequency ablation begins with the passing of alternating current through a tumor. Heat is applied at the site of the tumor destroying the tumor cells. Several tumors can be treated at one time.

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How is Radiofrequency Ablation administered?

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After numbing the skin, a tiny probe is placed through the skin in your abdomen into the tumor(s). This is performed with the assistance of ultrasound or CT Scan.

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Will I need more than one Radiofrequency Ablation?

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Following the procedure, you should call your doctor if you develop:

  • Fever greater than 102.0
  • Severe pain or nausea
  • Bleeding or signs of infection at the puncture site

For more information about this procedure or general information about our interventional radiology practice, please contact one of our clinical coordinators at 513-527-9999.