Thermal ablation is a first-line treatment and an effective alternative to surgery. In select candidates, ablation has clinical success rates comparable to surgical resection. Patients who are not surgical candidates may still be candidates for minimally invasive ablation.
What happens during the procedure?
The procedure is performed in the interventional radiology procedure suite. Moderate sedation or anesthesia support is used, depending on procedure and individual factors. Imaging guidance with CT or ultrasound is used to find and target the cancer. Using imaging guidance, a single or multiple needle probes are inserted into the cancer lesion, and ablation is performed. The procedure typically takes between one to three hours.
What is the recovery process like?
After the procedure, most patients are monitored for a few hours prior to discharge. Most patients are able to return home the same day. We recommend light activity only for the first few days after your procedure. Most patients are able to resume all normal activities within one to two weeks post-procedure.
What are the next steps?
After the procedure, a clinic visit will be scheduled with your interventional radiology physician. Your physician will evaluate your post-procedural symptoms and may order blood tests or imaging to assess the treatment response. Based on the test results, he or she will discuss the next steps.