Spinal Tumor Radiofrequency Ablation
At TRA Medical Imaging, we are committed to providing cutting-edge medical solutions, and RFA (Radiofrequency Ablation) of spinal tumors is no exception. RFA is a minimally invasive procedure that offers relief to patients suffering from painful spinal metastases.
Using state-of-the-art technology, our Interventional Radiologists utilize thermal energy to precisely target and destroy abnormal bone lesions. This procedure can be a game-changer for certain patients as it has been shown to alleviate pain when the traditional therapies have failed.
What is Radiofrequency Bone Ablation?
Radiofrequency Ablation (RFA) of spinal metastases is a minimally invasive medical procedure used to achieve pain relief and local tumor control. This technique utilizes high-frequency electrical currents delivered through a thin, specialized needle-like probe to generate heat. The heat is precisely directed to the targeted area within the bone to destroy the tumor.
How Does It Work?
- Probe placement: RFA probe placement is performed under X-ray or CT guidance to ensure precise localization within the tumor and to avoid other vital structures.
- Heat Application: Once the needle is properly placed, radiofrequency energy is applied to the tip of the needle. This energy generates heat, which is carefully controlled to reach temperatures that destroy tumor cells while sparing the surrounding healthy tissue.
- Recovery: patients typically are discharged home after 1-2 hours of observation in recovery.
RFA of bone tumors offers several advantages, including minimal trauma to surrounding healthy tissue, short recovery times, and reduced pain compared to traditional surgical approaches. It provides an alternative pain-relieving treatment option beyond the traditional regimen of opiates, radiation therapy, or surgery.