Ablation is a procedure involving the thermal destruction of tissue. Tumor tissue is killed using either heat or extreme cold. This localized treatment is designed to treat tumor tissue while sparing the normal liver.
What types of tumors are treated?
- Primary liver cancer
- Metastatic cancer to liver
- Lung cancer
- Kidney cancer
How is the procedure performed?
The procedure is performed with the patient under general anesthesia or conscious sedation. A needle is placed through the skin and into the tumor under visualization using CT or ultrasound. Energy is then transmitted through the needle, killing tumor tissue.
How long is the procedure?
Depending on the amount of tumor to be treated, the procedure lasts between 1-4 hours.
How long is the hospitalization?
Patients are usually discharged home the same day or next day after the procedure.
How long is the recovery?
Patients usually return to their baseline status days after the procedure.
How much pain is there after the procedure?
Most patients have very mild pain after the procedure. Many patients do not require pain medication afterwards.