ablation is a procedure to shrink a liver tumour by sending radio waves,
chemicals, heat, or cold into the tumour.
The doctor will insert a
thin needle or a probe into your skin on the right side of your belly near your
ribs. You may feel pain in your shoulder for a few seconds when the needle or
probe goes into your liver. This is called referred pain. It is caused by pain
travelling along a nerve near the liver.
You may feel some pain in your belly when the doctor uses the probe. If the
tumour is large, the doctor may repeat the procedure from a different angle. This is to
make sure that all areas of the tumour are treated.
procedure, the doctor will remove the needle or probe. The doctor or nurse will
put a bandage over your skin where the probe was inserted. You will probably go
home on the same day as the procedure.
The radio waves,
chemicals, heat, or cold make the tumour shrink. Bit by bit, the tumour will be
replaced with scar tissue over the next few months. This will not
affect your liver's ability to do its job.
Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be
sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor if you are having
problems. It's also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of
the medicines you take.
Procedures can be stressful. This information will help you understand what you
can expect. And it will help you safely prepare for your procedure.
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Current as of:
July 26, 2016
Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine
& Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
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