Thermal ablation is a specific form of tumour treatment that utilises radiofrequency, microwave energy, or cryoablation. At Lumina Interventional Radiology, we offer thermal ablation interventional radiology to treat liver and kidney tumours.
However, how effective is this form of treatment? We provide the answer to this question in this blog! In fact, here are the top benefits of thermal ablation that could be reaped:
Alternative to Surgery
Ablation is minimally invasive compared to surgery, eliminating (small) liver and kidney tumours without having to make a large incision on the patient. Instead, an electrode probe is typically inserted, with the doctor using an ultrasound scan or CT scan to help guide the needle to the tumour for maximum precision. This also means that damage to your healthy skin tissue is minimal as the incision is only small.
As an alternative to surgery, this means that patients can expect faster recovery times, and usually do not need to stay in the hospital overnight (but sometimes this is required). Pain is usually more tolerable in comparison to post-surgery pain, so recovery is also less painful. You can expect to return to normal activities within a week or so after the procedure.
Percutaneous ablation may last anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours, making it a relatively quick process when it comes to destroying tumours in a patient’s body. When you choose a professional interventional radiology team (such as the one at Lumina), you are guaranteed to receive the highest standard of care and service regarding thermal ablation.
Less Risk of Complications
As it is not as invasive as surgery, there is a reduced likelihood of developing complications post-surgery. Any side effects are usually mild and temporary. While there is a chance that the procedure might not have eliminated all of the liver or kidney tumour (or it recurs), this isn’t a problem as you can simply undergo the procedure again.
If you are interested in ablation interventional radiology, or would like to learn more about our thermal ablation process for liver and kidney tumours, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with the Lumina team.