DefinitionRadiofrequency ablation uses heat to destroy abnormal tissue.
Reasons for ProcedureRadiofrequency ablation is used to treat:
- Cancerous tumors in the liver, bone, kidney, breast, lung, or adrenal gland; particularly those that have not responded, or are unlikely to respond to surgery and/or chemotherapy alone. It is often used to treat tumors that have spread.
- Cardiac arrhythmias —Irregular and/or rapid heart rhythms due to abnormal electrical conduction pathways.
- Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH)—Condition in which enlarged areas of the prostate may be compressing the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out of the body.
- Overgrown areas of the soft palate that may be responsible for severe snoring and/or sleep apnea .
- Pain from soft tissue tumors or disease that has spread.
- Severe nerve pain.
- Varicose veins .
|Radiofrequency Ablation Results|
|Ablation procedure blocked impulses that had been causing atrial fibrillation.|
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Possible ComplicationsProblems from the procedure are rare, but all procedures have some risk. Your doctor will review potential problems, like:
- Bruising or bleeding
- Lung collapse upon insertion of the probe—when the procedure involves the lung, liver, or upper kidney
- Blood clots or damage to heart muscle or conduction pathways after procedures on the heart
- Liver abscess
- Damage to tissue surrounding the target area
- Bleeding problems
- Active infection