Reasons for Radiofrequency Ablation
Why Radiofrequency Ablation is Performed
Alternate Names for Radiofrequency Ablation:
Reasons for Procedure
Radiofrequency 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 (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 (periods of time when breathing stops during sleep)
- Pain from soft tissue tumors
- Severe nerve pain
- Varicose veins
Learn what the procedure is. Find out how it is performed.
Find out why and when this procedure should be done.
Learn about possible complications and what might increase the risk of them.
What to Expect
Find out how long it will take, what they will be doing and what to expect afterwards.
What are the next steps and other possible tests needed after you have received the results.
Call Your Doctor
What to look out for and when to call your doctor after a procedure has been done.
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