Radiofrequency Ablation Complications
Radiofrequency Ablation Risk Factors
Alternate Names for Radiofrequency Ablation:
Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have ablation, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
- 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 (small, localized collection of pus within a cavity left by the destroyed tissue)
- Damage to tissue surrounding the target area
Factors that may increase the risk of complications include:
- Bleeding problems
- Active infection
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What to Expect
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