TUMOR MICROWAVE ABLATION

THE POWER OF MEDICINE

Microwave ablation is a procedure that utilizes dielectric hysteresis to generate heat. This destroys liver tumors using heat generated by microwave energy.  Utilizing this procedure, the surgeon inserts a small laparoscopic port or open incision to access the tumor. A CT scan or ultrasonic guidance is used to locate the the tumor. A very small antenna, which emits microwaves, is then inserted into the tumor. The probe produces intense heat that ablates (destroys) tumor tissue, often within 10 minutes.

Patients receiving this type of treatment typically do not need to stay in a hospital. Often, ablation can be done without surgery by inserting a needle or probe into the tumor through the skin. The needle or probe is guided into place with ultrasound or CT scan.

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