It is a new minimally invasive technique that involves the introduction of image guided electric needles through small punctures in the skin of the body overlying the diseased tissue. The probes are guided to the target site with the help of CT scan or ultrasound.
Once the target is reached high frequency current is passed through the needle probes which produces large amount of heat within and around the tumor cells and kills them tumor. It is helpful in localized tumors and can also be used in conjunction with resection or chemotherapy.
RFA can be used successfully to destroy tumor tissue in any part of the body. It can also be used to treat any dysfunctional tissue. Currently it has been used effectively to treat cardiac arrhythmia, liver cancer, varicose veins, kidney tumors, chronic low back pain (rhizotomy). In the last 15 years RFA has come to be a dependable and safe procedure with promising outcome. It is generally used for multiple tumors within the same organ or various organs, primary or secondary tumors, or if the tumor is too large to be resected or if the patient cannot tolerate surgery.
Radiofrequency ablation heart treatment is a nonsurgical procedure used to treat some types of rapid heart beating. It is most often used to treat supraventricular tachyarrhythmias. These are rapid, uncoordinated heartbeats. They start in the heart’s upper chambers (atria) or middle region (AV node or the very beginning portion of the heart’s electrical system).
The procedure is usually performed under intravenous sedation (conscious sedation) on an outpatient basis. The patient is usually awake and is given standard drugs (midazolam, fentanyl and meperidine) to relax during the procedure.
These are the same types of drugs that are given for any biopsy procedure. Most patients are comfortable during the procedure and require no pain medication or at the most, over- the-counter analgesics when at home.
We first assess the tumor in detail, using CT scans and MRI, which are performed at our centre. However, if these investigations have already been done, we go through them carefully. The procedure for an osteoid osteoma takes upto 30-45 minutes. For all other tumors, it may take from 30mins to 2 hours depending on the size of the tumor.
After the procedure, the patient is observed in the post-procedure room, until he/she is fully conscious. Usually within three hours, the patient leaves our centre. The patient is allowed light food four hours after the procedure. The patient will be on oral antibiotic coverage for another 3 days.
With most tumors including osteoid osteomas, the patient can go back to sedentary, non-strenuous work within 24-48 hours.
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